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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
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Apr 29, 12

bookshelves: finished-in-2011, dark-fiction
Read in April, 2012

Re-read. Even better the second time around.


“Maggots dripped from the trees and crosses like squirming drops of white fat.”

I was warned this is not a book for the faint hearted. I wholeheartedly agree. The author makes an impression.

Willard sacrifices animals to his “prayer log” in an attempt to save his wife from cancer. Roy, travelling preacher, and his pedophile sidekick are running from the law. Carl is a serial killer who takes photos of his wife with his victims.

Pollack’s characters are desperate people in desperate situations and none evokes much sympathy from the reader. It’s a story of poverty, violence and immorality. Dark, depressing and disturbing. Highly recommend.
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Tammy I am about to re-read myself.


Maicie Tammy, I was browsing your 4 and 5 star books and picked up "Lexicon." Hope to finish it tonight. Great story.


Tammy Glad you are liking it. It blew me away.


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