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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Brian Troxell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Orphaned by a tragic accident at sixteen, Tommy Burwell has been scraping out a meager existence working dead-end jobs for years. When he and fellow nomad Four Trey Whitey get jobs working with dynamite, making way for a new pipeline across the deserted plains of far west Texas, disaster ensues. In a matter of days, Tommy is brutally beaten and witness to an act of coldblooded murder the law can't be bothered to investigate.

When Carol, a knockout beauty, shows up looking to follow the caravan of workers, Tommy falls for her almost immediately. There aren't any jobs for women on the pipeline, but Carol knows a few things she could do for the workers to keep afloat--an arrangement that Tommy can't bear for long. As Tommy's about to find out, when you're south of heaven, you're far from grace--and sometimes the only way out is down. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Like Clint Eastwood’s pictures, it’s the stuff for rednecks, truckers, failures, psychopaths, and professors…one of the finest American writers and the most frightening, Thompson is the one on best terms with the devil.”  

    The New Republic

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 11/22/2013

    " It feels like a rough draft and isn't the the equal of The Grifters or The Getaway, but I can evidently get behind a novel about down-and-outers jungling up in work camps to dig pipelines in West Texas, especially when you tack on a little revenge violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 9/20/2013

    " This story of vengeance and hard-living building pipelines in West Texas, is yet another great Jim Thompson story... But one with a comparatively happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Krotpong | 6/12/2013

    " Great story about West Texas oilmen in the 1920s. The third act pretty much falls apart, but it's still a worthy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenn | 4/10/2013

    " Not my favourite book. The topic of the pipeline building was a little above my head in places and made me lose interest quickly. I also found that halfway through the book I wondered what the point was. Maybe it would have made a better short story. "

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