Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill

Our Hard Word book club looks at a book that made a hell of a splash in 2011, Crimes In Southern Indiana by Frank Bill. Bill put together a series of connected short stories about the denizens in a Midwest town that is decaying from unemployment and meth, where a life of crime is about the only way to live. The style ends up being both rural lit and hard boiled pulp at its finest.

Every story stands out. “Hill Clan Cross” sets everything off with a rollicking start and a kicker of a last line. “Coon Hunter’s Noir” is a great take on The Maltese Falcon with a hound instead of a black bird. “Cold, Hard Love” a sort of prequel to Bill’s upcoming novel, Donnybrook, has you laughing and cringing at the same time. One of the more subdued, but most haunting, tales is “The Old Mechanic” about a boy meeting his grandfather who had a history of being abusive. In total they make up a dark mosaic on current small town America.

Our discussion of Crimes In Southern Indiana is at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 27th on our third floor and we’re happy to announce that Frank Bill will be calling in to take questions. The book is 10% off for those who attend.

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