Down Don't Bother Me

Down Don't Bother Me

A Slim in Little Egypt Mystery

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A hugely entertaining debut--the first novel in a wickedly funny gothic mystery series set in the withering landscape of the southern Illinois coal country known as "little Egypt"--that blends the wry humor of Kevin Wilson, the dark violence of Urban Waite, and the electric atmosphere of Greg Iles.

In the depths of the Knight Hawk, one of the last working collieries in downstate Illinois, the body of a reporter is found, his mini-recorder tied around his neck and a notepad stuffed in his mouth.

The Knight Hawk's owner, Matthew Luster, isn't happy. He wants answers--and he doesn't want the cops or any more press poking into his business. To protect himself and the operation, he turns to Slim, a mine employee with a reputation for "bloodhounding"-finding lost souls when the police can't or won't. Luster needs Slim to locate a missing photographer named Beckett, a close associate of the victim . . . who just happens to be his son-in-law.

A hard-working single father barely making ends meet, Slim accepts the job--after Luster offers him a guaranteed pension and job security for life. But when you make a deal with the devil, you're going to get burned . . . . and now Slim is all too close to the flames. Circumstances have lead him into the grimy underworld of Little Egypt, Illinois--a Babel's Tower of rednecks, rubes, freaks, tweakers, gun nuts, and aging hippies-and it quickly becomes clear that he's much more involved in the murder than an innocent man should be.

Down Don't Bother Me marks the emergence of a wildly assured mystery novelist, and of a series set in the fresh and brutal landscape of southern Illinois.

Publisher: New York, NY : Bourbon Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062362193
0062362194
Branch Call Number: M MILLER J
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 21 cm

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Aug 30, 2015

I loved this book. I didn't really care about the plot,though it held my attention . It was the characters and the language. Jason's descriptions of his girlfriend , she has a figure that would make Jesus punch a mule . His skill of painting the look of the bungalow as" nestled down inside a swampy hollow like a tick burried in an armpit. The roof sagged like a wet paper towel. You could have knocked the whole thing over with a dirty look and a hard word. " For all the colourful and humorous language it is a gritty book. It is about murder, miners, and meth dealers all hard men that don't mince words when they can take action instead.
It is amazing the damage Slim takes and can still fight another day. He is the good guy.
If you like your books filled with violence and a miner Shakespeare pick it up.

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