Willnot (Hardcover)

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In his celebrated career, James Sallis has created some of the most finely drawn protagonists in crime fiction, all of them thoughtful observers of the human condition: Lew Griffin, the black New Orleans private investigator; retired detective John Turner; the unnamed wheelman in Drive. Dr. Lamar Hale will now join the ranks of Sallis's finest characters.

In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Hale, the town's all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and town conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes--his military records disappeared, being followed by the FBI--mysteriously reappears in his hometown, at Hale's door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the inexplicable vagaries of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale's world is truly upended.

In his inimitably spare style, James Sallis conjures indelible characters and scenes that resonate long after they appear. "You live with someone year after year, you think you've heard all the stories," Lamar observes, "but you never have."

About the Author


James Sallis is the author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, translation, essays, and criticism, including the Lew Griffin cycle and Drive. His biography of the great crime writer Chester Himes is an acknowledged classic. Sallis lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Karyn, and an enormous white cat.

Praise For…


"James Sallis is one of our greatest living crime writers, and Willnot continues an almost unseemly streak of excellence. Try to get his words, his stories, his people out of your head. Just try." - Laura Lippman

"Willnot is a slippery, poetic mystery that becomes a love story to small town America." - Ian Rankin

"What a lovely, unexpected book--taking you safely, not without loss, where you didn't know it was going." - John Harvey

"Sallis is without peer when it comes to interweaving seemingly disparate narrative threads, and his work consistently challenges readers to question their assumptions about themselves and other people." - starred review, Publishers Weekly

"Sallis' latest has a lot to recommend it: an ingenious and unusual use of the Macguffin; pungent dialogue; a world that's either dark shot through with abundant light or light shot through with abundant dark; likable, complex characters. A brisk and sure-handed treat." - Kirkus

"Willnot packs a big punch for its slim size and spare prose . . . Sallis expertly weaves notes of hope throughout his pungent and often melancholy tale." - Seattle Times

"James Sallis’ atmospheric and disturbing Willnot isn’t exactly a mystery of the ‘crime-investigation-resolution’ type. It is rather more like real life, with some motivations left ambiguous and some loose ends never to be tied up. And it is all the more compelling for that . . . Willnot is prose-driven--a rarity, and a most welcome one." - starred review, Bookpage

"A worthy mouthpiece for Sallis’s melodic cadences, Dr. Hale is goodness personified, a sweet and caring man who doesn’t need to inhabit his patients’ bodies to understand their lives." - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"A profoundly moving, quietly eloquent jewel of a novel." - Booklist

"Sallis is quietly and steadily writing way above his weight class." - Lisa Levy, LitHub.com

"If your average workaday crime novel is beer, then Willnot, at half the length, is whisky, distilled down to its essence and all the more potent for it." - New York Journal of Books

"I could not stop reading. It is the untold tales--of life and death, the trivial and profound, buffoonery and wisdom--and how in the sharing of them we are both defined and connected that this story really celebrates." - Mystery Scene Magazine

"It doesn’t get any better than this . . . WILLNOT is a beautiful, wonderful puzzle." - Bookreporter.com

"First up is the sublime James Sallis with Willnot (Bloomsbury). Sallis is a crime writer’s crime writer, a superbly skillful novelist and short story writer, as well as a poet, essayist and biographer. He writes detective series and standalone books, and Willnot is one of the latter. Set in the eponymous small American town, it’s a deep and thoughtful examination of life, dressed up as a mystery. The book opens with a typical set-up, the discovery of dead bodies in the local woods, but what follows is a terrific and wide-ranging look at the nature of morality and good versus evil, seen through the eyes of local doctor Lamar Hale. Just like in books by classic writers like James M. Cain, there is so much plot, character, dialogue and philosophy in here, all crammed into just a few pages. Exemplary stuff." - Doug Johnstone, The Bandar Blog

Product Details
ISBN: 9781632864529
ISBN-10: 1632864525
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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