Brutal, bleak, startling, loaded with oddball characters. Imagine Katherine Dunn writing an Elmore Leonard novel set in Appalachia, toss in a smidge of Harry Crews, and you sort of get the idea here. A solid read, and Pollock's fictional Knockemstiff brings to mind a modern, gritty version of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. This is Pollock's second book and his first novel. He's definitely a talent to watch.