The prose is fresh and energetic, the story-telling superb, and the writing comes out as raw and terrifying as an exposed nerve. New York TimesAaron Platt has spent every day of his life breaking his back to scrape a living from the rocky, played-out fields of the Adirondack farm he inherited from his sadistic father. One winter morning, he follows footprints in the snow to his barn and discovers a man freezing to death in a horse stall. What unfolds between the two men, past and present, is a brisk, gritty depiction of crime and punishment. But their harrowing story is more than that, exposing the shocking hypocrisy of the people who live in the nearby, bucolic town-a legacy of hatred that reaches back to the violent founding of the nation.This literary masterpiece, back in print for the first time in over 60 years, includes a new Afterword by Jack Mearns, author of John Sanford: An Annotated BibliographyA first-rate story of violence and congealed hate. New RepublicThe story is electrifying. Saturday Review of LiteratureA brief, fast book, and those pages are terse. Sanford has injected the drama of spilled blood that made America. Los Angeles Times An unusual book with some brilliant pieces of writing, exceeding Celine and Faulkner in depravity and language. Kirkus Reviews
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