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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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