Smonk: A Novel (Paperback)

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It's 1911 and the townsfolk of Old Texas, Alabama, have had enough. Every Saturday night for a year, E. O. Smonk has been destroying property, killing livestock, seducing women, cheating and beating men, all from behind the twin barrels of his Winchester 45-70 caliber over-and-under rifle. Syphilitic, consumptive, gouty, and goitered—an expert with explosives and knives—Smonk hates horses, goats, and the Irish, and it's high time he was stopped. But capturing old Smonk won't be easy—and putting him on trial could have shocking and disastrous consequences, considering the terrible secret the citizens of Old Texas are hiding.

Praise For…


“fast-paced and unrelentingly violent...readers looking for a strange and savage tale can’t go wrong.”

“Maintaining the dark tone of his excellent first novel, Franklin goes for the gothic in [this] weirdly fascinating tale”

“Franklin’s talent for the completely offbeat and outrageous illuminates a world that is at once vibrantly alive and completely human.”

“An edgy, quirky, bawdy look at the days of cowboys and shootouts, Smonk is the real deal.”

“I am amazed at Tom Franklin’s power”

“[Smonk] mixes William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Deadwood’s David Milch, Franklin pulls off a unique Western saga.”

“A David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino codirection of Deadwood . . . a world where not one person knows an iota of goodness.”

“Part western, part Southern gothic, yet wholly original, this is a beef jerky of a story […] full of flavor”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061142772
ISBN-10: 0061142778
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 6th, 2007
Pages: 272
Language: English