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Contents
 

FRONT COVER IMAGE

 

WELCOME

 

DEDICATION

 

READING GROUP GUIDE

 

QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

 

SIX ANGLES OF WRATH

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

ALSO BY MATTHEW F. JONES

 

SPECTACULAR PRAISE FOR MATTHEW F. JONES’S A SINGLE SHOT

 

THE BAYOU TRILOGY

A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF

FUN AND GAMES

COPYRIGHT

 
About the Author
 

Matthew F. Jones’s 1999 novel
Deepwater
was adapted for a 2006 film of the same title. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A
LSO BY
M
ATTHEW
F. J
ONES
 

The Cooter Farm

The Elements of Hitting

Blind Pursuit

Deepwater

Boot Tracks

Also available from Mulholland Books

 
The Bayou Trilogy
 

Under the Bright Lights • Muscle for the Wing • The Ones You Do

 

By Daniel Woodrell

 

Collected for the first time in a single volume—three early works of crime fiction by a major American novelist.

“A backcountry Shakespeare…. The inhabitants of Daniel Woodrell’s fiction often have a streak that’s not just mean but savage; yet physical violence does not dominate his books. What does dominate is a seasoned fatalism…. Woodrell has tapped into a novelist’s honesty, and lucky for us, he’s remorseless that way.”


Los Angeles Times

 

“Daniel Woodrell writes with an insistent rhythm and an evocative and poetic regional flavor.”


The New Yorker

 

“Woodrell writes books so good they make me clench my fists in jealousy and wonder.”


Esquire

 

“What people say about Cormac McCarthy goes double for Daniel Woodrell. Possibly more.”


New York

 

 

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A Drop of the Hard Stuff
 

A novel

 

By Lawrence Block

 

“Good to the last drop… a Great American Crime Novel…. The perfect introduction to Scudder’s shadow-strewn world and the pleasures of Block’s crisp yet brooding prose….
A Drop of the Hard Stuff
reads like it’s been jolted by factory-fresh defibrillator pads, as Scudder recalls his first, nerve-rattling year of sobriety. Block makes the hard work of sobriety totally gripping…. A bracing distillation of Block’s powers.”

—Ed Park,
Time

 

“Moving… Elegiac… Satisfying…. Right up there with Mr. Block’s best.”

—Tom Nolan,
Wall Street Journal

 

“Block is a mesmerizing raconteur…. [The book is] a lament for all the old familiar things that are now almost lost, almost forgotten.”

—Marilyn Stasio,
New York Times Book Review

 

 

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Fun and Games
 

A novel

 

By Duane Swierczynski

 

“Insanely entertaining.”

—Josh Bazell, author of the
New York Times
bestseller
Beat the Reaper

 

“More exciting than whatever you are reading right now.”

—Ed Brubaker, author of
Criminal
and
Incognito

 

“Cool, suspenseful, tragic, and funny as hell,
Fun and Games
is Duane Swierczynski’s best yet. I haven’t had this much fun reading in a long time.”

—Sara Gran, author of
Dope
and
Come Closer

 

“A white-hot nuclear explosion.”

—Joe R. Lansdale, author of
The Bottoms

 

 

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Spectacular Praise for Matthew F. Jones’s
A S
INGLE
S
HOT
 

“The finest portrait of guilt since
Crime and Punishment
. Jones is unpredictable and, therefore, terrifying. His characters are knowable, if changeable and complicated. If you say yes to his use of language (like deciding to read poetry) you will not be able to shake him…. The most terrifying thing about this unnervingly vivid novel is the fact that the protagonist is a simple man, a basically good man, the victim of a single moment, a single accident that pulls the switch on his already derailed life…. His anguish and confusion are precisely drawn, physically, spiritually, emotionally.”

—Susan Salter Reynolds,
Los Angeles Times Book Review

 

“The most gripping read of the summer…. Jones is remarkably adept at detailing the way both nature and necessity turn against Moon. The result is something like Patricia Highsmith plotting a novel by John Gardner… scenes of gruesomely detailed violence alternating with exquisitely described natural beauty.”

—Michael Harrington,
Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Intense, violent, and graphic, this novel of backwoods mayhem may remind some readers of
Deliverance
.”


Booklist

 

“Jones owns a fine writer’s eye for the kind of details that matter…. It is Jones’s skillful straight-from-the-shoulder depiction of [Moon] and his pinched world that resonates and then compels…. The author draws on his disoriented thoughts with dark and excellent detail.”

—Daniel Woodrell,
Washington Post

 

“Compelling…. Jones is an evocative writer.”


Winston-Salem Journal

 

“The ultimate noir nightmare…. Jones conveys the claustrophobic, dead-end lifestyle of the rural poor with a frightening incisiveness.”

—Peter Handel,
San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

 

“A high-voltage thriller… a gritty, claustrophobic blend of Jim Thompson and James Dickey.”


Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

 

“Powerful… compelling and readable…. A violent study of desperation, owing more to Dostoevsky and Faulkner than any suspense writer, the story unfolds like a graphic, slow-motion nightmare from which the protagonist will never awaken.”

—Michael Adams,
Library Journal

 

“An absolutely riveting read. Jones gives trailer-park minimalism just what it’s always needed—a story to tell and one that your mind won’t let go of for quite a while.”

—Gary Krist,
Smart Money

 

“Jones and Daniel Woodrell are the leading contemporary authors of country noir, a subgenre whose roots trace back to James M. Cain’s
The Postman Always Rings Twice
.”

—Bill Ott,
Booklist
(starred review)

 

“Jones’s writing is vivid, carefully composed, and unadorned, making for a thrilling tale that stays in the mind long after the final page.”

—Michael A. Green,
Post and Courier

 

“A story fraught with suspense that climaxes with an ending that will rivet you to your bed. Forget sleeping that night…. The book stamps Jones as a major talent.”

—Scott Rapp,
Syracuse Herald American

 
Copyright
 

Copyright © 1996 by Matthew F. Jones

All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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