Multcolib Picks: If you like Cormac McCarthy

Tree of Smoke
Tree of Smoke By Johnson, Denis (Book - 2007 ) FICTION JOHNSON All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The author presents a vision of human folly, and gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God.

Savages By Winslow, Don (Book - 2010 ) FICTION WINSLOW 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, "Savages "is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond.

The Bottoms
The Bottoms By Lansdale, Joe R. (Book - 2000 ) FICTION LANSDALE Available in some locations

Annotation:Harry, an elderly man, tells the story of a series of events that occurred in his 11th year, when the mutilated, murdered bodies of prostitutes began turning up in the county where his father was the local constable.

Tenth of December
Tenth of December Stories By Saunders, George (Book - 2013 ) FICTION SAUNDERS 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Through a series of short stories, Saunders paints a thought-provoking picture at a somewhat futuristic world and its beleaguered inhabitants.

Wise Blood
Wise Blood By O'Connor, Flannery (Book - 2007 ) FICTION OCONNOR 2007 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his desperate yet personal faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, Hazel founds the The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God.

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down
I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down Collected Stories By Gay, William (Book - 2002 ) FICTION GAY Available in some locations

Annotation:One critic wrote that the world William Gay writes about is "a countryside so beleaguered and desolate even the dead were fleeing it."

Knockemstiff By Pollock, Donald Ray (Book - 2008 ) FICTION POLLOCK Available in some locations

Annotation:Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents.

Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness By Conrad, Joseph (Book - 1999 ) FICTION CONRAD Available in some locations

Annotation:A dark allegorical masterpiece based on the author's own traumatic experiences in the Belgian Congo, recounts the voyage of Marlow up the Congo River in search of the mysterious Mr. Kurtz - a white trader whose domination of the local natives had transformed him into a depraved and abominable tyrant.

The Killer Inside Me
The Killer Inside Me By Thompson, Jim (Book - 1991 ) MYSTERY THOMPSON 1991 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.

The Pesthouse
The Pesthouse A Novel By Crace, Jim (Book - 2007 ) FICTION CRACE Available in some locations

Annotation:The author imagines an America of the future where a man and a woman trek across a devastated and dangerous landscape, finding strength in each other and an unexpected love. Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland.

The Windup Girl
The Windup Girl By Bacigalupi, Paolo (Book - 2009 ) SF BACIGALUP 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 13 copies

Annotation:What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution?

The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers By deWitt, Patrick (Book - 2011 ) FICTION DEWITT 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When a frontier baron hires gunslingers Charlie and Eli Sisters to kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.

The Kept
The Kept A Novel By Scott, James (Book - 2014 ) FICTION SCOTT 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence.

The Confessions of Nat Turner
The Confessions of Nat Turner By Styron, William (Book - 1993 ie 1992 ) FICTION STYRON 1993 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American slavery.

Benito Cereno
Benito Cereno By Melville, Herman (eBook - 2009 Spanish ) Click here for full text »

Annotation:Critic and biographer Andrew Delbanco describes this novel as "a tale of desperate men in the grip of a vengeful fury that those whom they hate cannot begin to understand".

Blindness [a Novel] By Saramago, José (Book - 1998 ) FICTION SARAMAGO Available in some locations

Annotation:A parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Saramago portrays man's worst appetites and weaknesses.

The Road
The Road By McCarthy, Cormac (Book - 2006 ) FICTION MCCARTHY Available in some locations

Annotation:America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive.

Blood Meridian, Or, the Evening Redness in the West
Blood Meridian, Or, the Evening Redness in the West By McCarthy, Cormac (Book - 2010 ) FICTION MCCARTHY 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of outlaws, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen.

All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses By McCarthy, Cormac (Book - 1993 ) FICTION MCCARTHY 1993 Available in some locations

Annotation:John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance.

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