Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Rabbit Factory, by Larry Brown

This novel was a free download from, was 12 hours and 23 minutes long, narrated by Tom Stechschulte, and was the author's last novel (2003) before he died.

If you are a fan of Carl Hiaasen, you will love this book. It reads like a collision of Southern short stories about flawed people having moments of nobility, with sometimes hilarious results.

A rich septuagenarian with performance issues is trying to hold on to his hot young wife with kindness and a love of old movies. A young hooker is doing community service in a nursing home when she brains an abusive nurse with a metal pitcher after watching her slap an old man around. Now she is on the run from the law. An ex-con is driving a truckload of dope and frozen meat for a mobster when he hits a deer. It's a big deer, and he likes venison, so he stops to put it in the back of his refrigerated truck. When he opens it up, he finds that some of the meat he is hauling looks like body parts. Just then a police car pulls off the road behind him...and he acts rashly, shall we say.

There is more than this going on, so you won't be bored. Not every thread is neatly tied off; at least, not the way we'd like it. But it is entertaining and the characters are largely likable. It gets 3 stars.

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