"It was hell's season, and the air smelled of burning children...." With "one of the most arresting first sentences in contemporary writing" "(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), " Robert McCammon unfurls his visionary masterpiece of survival, redemption, and the astonishing transformations love... show more
"It was hell's season, and the air smelled of burning children...." With "one of the most arresting first sentences in contemporary writing" "(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), " Robert McCammon unfurls his visionary masterpiece of survival, redemption, and the astonishing transformations love can create. GONE SOUTH chronicles a desperate man's journey through a desperate land, in "a gothic picaresque that mixes gritty plot and black comedy...a smoothly constructed and satisfying story" "(The Wall Street Journal )." Flooded by memories, poisoned by Agent Orange, Dan Lambert kills a man in a moment of fear and fury -- and changes his life forever. Pursued by police and bounty hunters, Dan flees south toward the Louisiana bayous. In the swamplands he meets Arden Halliday, a young woman who bears the vivid burdens of her own past, and who is searching for a legendary faith healer called the Bright Girl. Looking for simple kindness in a world that rarely shows it, bound by a loyalty stronger than love, Dan and Arden set off on a journey of relentless suspense and impassioned discovery...over dark, twisting waterways into the mysterious depths of the human heart.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 1st 1993
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
I have a new favorite Robert McCammon novel. I didn’t know if anything could ever usurp Mystery Walk or Mine, but here we are. Gone South is a glorious, countrified character study; on display is one of McCammon’s most enthralling plots set against the swamps of Louisiana. If I may humble brag for...
Gone South is a bit of a departure from Robert McCammon’s usual horror fare. The story is part adventure, part fantasy (at least hinted at), and strongly character centric. Dan Lambert is a Vietnam vet slowly dying of Agent Orange. After his wife leaves him, and the bank is going to repossess his tr...
bookshelves: published-1992, winter20092010, mystery-thriller, north-americas, noir, fraudio, boo-scary, fantasy, amusing, gothic, plague-disease, testost-tosh Read from February 22 to 24, 2010 UnabridgedThe story so far (after 80 pages): Nam vet, riddled with pain from a brain tumour and leuka...
4.5 stars!I loved this book!It's a story of a sick, struggling Vietnam vet who "loses it" when he is denied a loan extension at the bank. That's all I'm going to say about the plot other than general observations.The characters in the book are truly unique. I wager that you've never met characters l...
I'm not worthy of reviewing this book. A modern classic. Enough said.