No of pages: 240
Other Editions: Paperback
Suspecting that something is amiss with their father's burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, a whiskey bootlegger, was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him. Worse, they learn that the undertaker, Fenton Breece, has been grotesquely manipulating the town's dead.
Armed with incriminating photographs, Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice. But first he must outrun Granville Sutter, a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence. What follows is an adventure through the Harrikin, an eerie backwoods filled with tangled roads, rusted machinery, and eccentric squatters - old men, witches, and families among them - who both shield and imperil Tyler as he runs for safety.
Coupling his characteristically poetic and haunting prose with a tightly controlled chase narrative, William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairy tale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil.
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