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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
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Aug 14, 2012

The Devil All the Time has been the best book I’ve read this year. [Ed. note: Sally's sister Nancy loved this one too.] This is a novel composed of three vignettes which Pollock weaves effortlessly into a roaring orgy of murder, pain, hard times, and justice. First is the Russell family: Willard, Charlotte, and Arvin. Willard met Charlotte upon his return from the South Pacific after World War II. Together they had a son, Arvin, within whom Willard instills the virtues of faith, family, and justice. When Charlotte falls ill with cancer, Willard tries everything in his power to save her. Next are Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife duo of serial killers with a peculiar hobby. And then there are brothers Roy and Theodore, a pair of shysters on the lam. Pollock deftly brings these characters together with a tension that never stops. Even if you aren’t a fan of this genre, readers will appreciate Pollock’s formidable prose and his ability to distill evil into its truest form. This is a book you won’t forget.
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