By Charles Williams
Her husband in detention center, a determined younger girl takes safe haven between sharecroppers.
Once, Cass Neely’s farm stretched around the complete valley, yet many years of undesirable judgements and rotten good fortune have compelled him to dump approximately each inch. He and his son farm the meager is still of a once-great estate, dwelling in a grim downward spiral—until Cass’s daughter-in-law, pleasure, strikes in. She’s through a long way the main attractive factor this county has ever noticeable, yet she’s flat broke due to the fact her husband, Sewell, used to be placed away for armed theft. She’s additionally prickly, lazy, and vain—traits that don’t sit down good with hardscrabble living—and it isn’t lengthy earlier than she begins to get a violent case of cabin fever. because the rains endure down and the river starts off to threaten the cotton, Sewell escapes from police custody and heads for domestic. Come hell or excessive water, the Neely relations will stick jointly, whether it skill disaster.
Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yankee crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of college in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years prior to leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of worldwide battle II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to give up his activity and write complete time for the remainder of his life.
Williams’ fresh and a little bit informal narrative kind distinguishes his novels, which diversity from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even if released through pulp homes, his paintings gained nice severe acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) changing into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed by means of mythical long island occasions critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the display, together with useless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.
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