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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,338 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Dexter Narrator: Charles S. Dutton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780061287350
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A respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgia, Paris Trout is a shopkeeper, a money-lender, and a murderer of blacks. And his friends, family and foes do not realize the danger they face in a man who simply will not see his own guilt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A psychological spellbinder that will take your breath away and probably interfere with your sleep.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Mr. Dexter’s strongest suit is his exquisite understanding of the finely meshed engines of greed, appetite and self-interest that drive a small town…[His] great accomplishment is to remind us, with lucidity and stinging frankness, the lengths to which we will go to deny our own racism and to reassure ourselves that we are innocent.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A masterpiece, complex investigating.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Pete Dexter’s powerfully emotional novel doesn’t have any brakes. Hang on, because you won’t be able to stop until the finish.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An expertly crafted and bleakly fascinating tale of social conflict and madness in the deep South.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Set in Faulkner country…leading up to a horrific and convincing climax…it is free of Faulkner’s convoluted style. The prose is taut, the feeling for time and place exact…There is nothing stereotyped in the way [Dexter] handles his characters…It’s a solid achievement heightened by wit and a flawless ear and eye.”

    New Statesman & Society

  • “Compelling? a disturbing and most rewarding novel that seems less to have been written than dictated by the collective unconscious of a shattered town.”

    USA Today

  • “With a touch of the mastery that graces the best fiction about the South, Dexter has conjured up characters stroked broadly, voices that ring true—and vignettes crafted in miniature in a way that haunts…This is a reckless novel. A very fine writer knows he has taken large gambles and aimed at the highest level of Southern fiction. He has made a score.”

    Newsweek

  • Winner of the National Book Award
  • A 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/8/2014

    " Truly evil main character who doesn't ever turn it around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/2/2014

    " I don't know anyone else who has heard of this book outside of my family, but it is a stunner... really amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Gordon | 1/26/2014

    " A disturbing and riveting book. Paris Trout is a character like no other, which renders him rather not believable. Every villain should have some redeemable qualities; he has none. Nevertheless, a book worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/23/2014

    " Though Dexter's prose leaves something to be desired at moments, this book is still beautifully and amazingly written. He has an uncanny ability for writing physical gestures, making scenes very tactile; the violence is visceral and the sex is convulsive, and still the story is complex enough that it isn't cheapened by either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Clark | 1/22/2014

    " This book haunted me with nightmares and images, distracted me from work and play, and left me depressed when I finished. That good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler | 1/22/2014

    " This was probably the worst novel I ever had to read for a class. It won the National Book Award (it beat Beloved, by the way), but it's absolutely dismal and completely far-fetched. What seemed to be a "Southern gothic" novel is really just a collection of stereotypes and ideas taken from established Southern literature. It's gratuitously violent and sexual, and it reads as if it should have been intended as satire rather than a serious, sincere work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/10/2014

    " Somewhat dark. I didn't get the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/4/2014

    " A tense, gripping story set in the post-war South, I couldn't put it down. Although the story itself is harsh and disturbing, the characters are incredibly well drawn and the writing is exceptional. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moxie | 11/30/2013

    " Jaw-dropping!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/10/2013

    " I'm not sure how I feel about how this ends. Maybe that's the point. Very well written book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 9/20/2013

    " The man is such a good writer. The main character of this book is such a difficult person that you get to hate without any abridgment. What a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Gyldersleve | 8/12/2013

    " A very well-written and intense book. I can't say that it's a pleasant read but it's definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/10/2013

    " I finished last not. One of the best fiction books I have ever read. A portrait of pure evil in a small southern town the late 50's. Mixed in with the sense and sensibilities of the old south. I don't often say this but although this book is not for everyone - it's rated R - I do recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/24/2013

    " Both cerebral and action-packed. This is the third of Dexter's books I've read, and I like each one more than the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prmom | 12/22/2012

    " Not a happy book but a very good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 7/10/2012

    " My boss suggested this book because it is his favorite. After I read it, I was little creeped out by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Littlebrit | 5/11/2012

    " A beautifully-written story about an evil, ugly person. This book demonstrates clearly that there are some among us who are truly irredeemable. This is a classic about the American south which rings, unfortunately, very, very true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/16/2012

    " Gritty portrayal of a small-town loan shark who ends up killing a young black girl when he goes to collect on a debt. Shocking in the degree to which the man goes unpunished, the whole town is, in a sense, punished by him as his crime drives him crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne M | 2/25/2012

    " I read this book 16 years ago - and I still rememeber it very well. The characters made quite an impression. I remember that I considered it very well written, with powerful emotional dynamics among the characters. Mood and emotion are created with finesse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 11/14/2011

    " Loved this book. The movie was good also with dennis hopper and ed harris "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie Roesinger | 11/9/2011

    " A dark book about a very sick and evil man.You need to come up for air periodically when reading about Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 6/21/2011

    " Interesting story but very anti-climactic ending. Ended with a thud - literally and figuratively. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denali | 5/23/2011

    " I found this uneven but there were a few parts that I thought were searing and amazing. not enough though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 4/22/2011

    " This book haunted me with nightmares and images, distracted me from work and play, and left me depressed when I finished. That good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kam | 3/13/2011

    " The main character in this book, Paris Trout, is so despicable and demented that I just had to keep reading about him. The life of women in the south in the 1950s was upsetting. This novel is an interesting comparison to To Kill A Mockingbird. The writing was beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 12/4/2010

    " Although I read this book ages ago, I remember how disturbing it was. As the Spanish version of the title implies, it's about a very black heart. What a thoroughly unredeemable character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/22/2010

    " Both cerebral and action-packed. This is the third of Dexter's books I've read, and I like each one more than the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 11/10/2010

    " One of the finest character studies I've read...ominous "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valissa | 11/1/2010

    " "She remembered time then, and the stores and walked away from the train and back into time. She wondered if other people had another person inside them too." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 10/24/2010

    " Very good book. Reminds me of Cormac McCarthy. The writing is so good that it makes the violence more graphic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 10/20/2010

    " Reality. Pete Dexter novels aren't always fun or enjoyable, but they do speak the truth. And this novel is a gem. He captures the racial and class divisions of the "old" south and brings it home to readers who don't live there or understand the culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/2/2010

    " The characters in Dexter's Paris Trout held sway over me. Viewing the failings of the 'good' as they deal with the bad in a southern town grappling with a murder of a young black girl. The ending was a bit melodramadic and I am forced to shave a star for this. "

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About the Author

Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award–winning novel Paris Trout, among others. He has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee and has contributed to many magazines, including EsquireSports Illustrated, and Playboy. His screenplays include Rush and Mulholland Falls. Born in Michigan, he was raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He now lives on an island off the coast of Washington.