The Carrion Birds
Set in a small town in the Southwest, a soulful work of literary noir rife with vengeance and contrition from a fresh voice in fiction--the author of the highly acclaimed The Terror of LivingLife hasn't worked out the way Ray Lamar planned. A widower who's made some tragic mistakes, he's got one good thing going for him: he's calm and efficient under pressure, usually with a gun in his hand. A useful skill to have when you're paid to hurt people who stand in your boss's way.But Ray isn't sure he wants to be that man anymore. He wants to go home and see the son he hopes will recognize him. He wants to make a new life far from the violence of the last ten years, and he believes that one last job will take him there. A job that should be simple, easy, clean.Ray knows there's no such thing as easy, and sure enough, the first day ends in a catastrophic mess. Now the runners who have always moved quietly through this desert town on the Mexican border want answers. And revenge. Short on time, with no one to trust but himself, Ray must come up with a plan, or else Coronado, New Mexico's lady sheriff will have a vicious bloodbath on her hands.Set in a town once rich with oil, now forgotten and struggling, The Carrion Birds is filled with refreshingly realistic and vulnerable characters. With its masterfully orchestrated suspense and unexpected bursts of lyricism, this is a remarkably unsettling and indelible work in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, and Dennis Lehane.
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- Hardback | 270 pages
- 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 16 Apr 2013
- William Morrow & Company
- New York, United States
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"One fine specimen . . . with more artistry than would seem possible in a conventional thriller."--"New York Times Book Review" on "The Terror of Living"
About Urban Waite
Urban Waite is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Terror of Living. His short fiction has appeared in The Best of the West Anthology, The Southern Review, and other literary journals. He grew up in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and studied writing at Western Washington University and Emerson College. He lives in Seattle with his wife.