The Ploughmen

The Ploughmen

eBook - 2014
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An NPR Best Book of 2014
A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection

A "bleak and brilliant" ( Minneapolis Star Tribune ) debut novel ,"one of the finest evocations of life in Western America in recent memory, a book that stands alongside Richard Ford's Rock Springs , Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping , James Welch's Fools Crow ." (William Kittredge)

Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's The Ploughmen is a new classic in the literature of the American West.
At the center of this searing, fever dream of a novel are two men--a killer awaiting trial, and a troubled young deputy--sitting across from each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that yokes together two haunted souls by the secrets they share, and by the rugged country that keeps them.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
ISBN: 9780805099522
0805099522
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)

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Nov 01, 2014

This is a gripping and at times chilling story of a police officer doing the graveyard shift looking after a 77 year old serial killer awaiting trial. Tight, evocative writing builds a terrific tale of how the two men become friendly and just how alike they are in certain areas of life, personality and their thinking. You get a glimpse of their similarities through the flash back chapters- particularly when the killer is telling the deputy of the other murders he has committed that no one knows about. But did he? well worth the read and time devoted to it.
the writing is lyrical and beautifully descriptive.

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