A young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and
complicated bond in this mesmerizing first novel set on the plains of Montana.
Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw
as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan’s The
Ploughmen is a new classic in the literature of the American West.
At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are
two men—a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy—sitting across from
each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John
Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of seventy-seven,
has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration, and Valentine Millimaki,
low man in the Copper County Sheriff’s Department, who draws the overnight
shift after Gload’s arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing
under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel
from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their
uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that
yokes together the two haunted souls by the secrets they share—and by the rugged
country that keeps them. Download and start listening now!