Sammy Barlach, a down-and-out man from Arkansas, finds himself on a collision course with violence
Blackwell North Amer
For Bev Merridew, who can turn a trick as easily as she can roll a joint, life in Venus Holler is tolerable. For her nineteen-year-old daughter, Jamalee, a life guaranteed to be the replica of her mother's isn't good enough. With her tomato-red hair and her barely contained rage, she has plans, and they don't include Venus Holler.
What they do include - indeed, depend on - is her drop-dead beautiful brother, Jason. But Jason may just be a country queer, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks, that is about the most dangerous thing a man could be.
Into their midst comes Sammy Barlach. With too many entries on his rap sheet, he's passing through on his way to nowhere, looking to be a loser in new surroundings. Jamalee thinks he might be the muscle she and Jason need.
The author of a New York Times Notable Book for 1996, Give Us a Kiss, presents his sixth suspense novel, featuring down-and-out Sammy Barlach, an Arkansas man on a collision course with violence. 35,000 first printing.
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