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"A tour de force of a debut novel, which blends mainstream thriller, noir fiction, preternatural mystery, and travelogue."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
From the woods where he hides with his nearly grown son Clarke and his young daughter King, ex-Army Ranger Dominick Sawyer watches Agent Charlie Basin’s flashlight beam bounce on the walls inside his cabin. Dom’s wife is missing. His post-trauma hallucinations rip at him explosively and bring him to his knees. And a local deputy sheriff is dead. When the FBI agents recede into the night, the Sawyers begin to run, across the country in stolen trucks, leaving a trail of blood behind them. Together with a young girl they pick up on the road, they hope to run until they find a peaceable place in the American Northwest.
But Agent Basin sees his own troubled family reflected in Dom’s haunted existence, and his pursuit is relentless.
All any of them want is to spirit King away to someplace safe.
All she wants is not to be afraid of her father and to find out why her mother disappeared.
"The People of the Broken Neck is one of those rare hybrids: a thriller and a deeply philosophical novel, a novel so finely attuned to the dark currents of human love and aggression that it touches those wellsprings that lie beneath the human."
The wing on this page is a painting called "Wing of a Blue Roller." It's by Albrecht Durer. He painted it in 1512. That's a long time ago, isn't it? 1512 is also the year that Copernicus began to write On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres. What a lovely title for a astronomy book! If Copernicus hadn't written his heliocentric theory (helios=sun; centric=centered), we might still believe that the sun revolved around the earth. And that would be silly.