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One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
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Nov 19, 11


While this wonderful novel may be considered "literary", that is merely a marketing term. This is a solid, well-written crime novel. I don't know why it is that as soon as someone writes a genre book well, it is rarely regarded as genre anymore. As if a qualification of genre work is that it is poorly written. Drives me nuts.

Anyway, this is a hell of a book. If you're a fan of Daniel Woodrell, you'll love it. Rural and poetic with interesting moral questions that are left wide open (as it should be). Simply, yet beautifully written.

Told in five consecutive first-person narrations, the first three play out as a Rashomon-esque recounting of events. The final two bringing the story to its conclusion. For me, the ending had too much of a bow on it. A little rushed and convenient. But that's a small thing.

With rural crime fiction on the rise, this "literary" crime novel deserves to be rediscovered. Highly recommended.
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