The Devil All the Time
Donald Ray Pollock
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From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff—called “powerful, remarkable, exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times—comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree.
In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic overtones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting.
Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.
Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.
Publishers Weekly Review
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So excited to read this book in it's entirety. The sample was so good I bought his first book knockemstiff immediately. Big fan of chuck palhunik and Pollock looks to have a very similar style.
Just finished...and it was really a great story, a book that you can't put down. Can't wait for the next book to come
The book and the author hold a great deal of promise. I am not sure he delivered on all of the hype, but the story lines he completed were well done.
I read both "Knockemstiff" and "The Devil All the Time" in about three days. I could not put either down! I have never been one to follow a particular author, until now. I am eagerly awaiting the next masterpiece from this author!! Wow!!