"Branches" is a novel at once cautionary and starkly provocative, set in the "gnarled hide of West Texas", near the end of the 20th century. Sheriff Branches finds himself returning to his childhood home; revisiting his bleak childhood while contemplating a series of mysterious dog poisonings in his small community. In discovering the painful truth behind the crimes, he must also delve into his own violent past.
As both a boy and a man, Branches embodies the very arbitrary nature of Justice; he roams through a grim landscape where nothing is as it appears, taking the reader headlong toward an unsettling, horrific resolution.
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Review: Branches (The Texas Trilogy #2)User Review - Susan - Goodreads
I very much enjoyed the format-- a novel in verse-- and enjoyed the writing. As others have noted it's very dark and disturbing, but Cullin did a wonderful job of stepping you into the twilight ... Read full review
Review: Branches (The Texas Trilogy #2)User Review - Carrie - Goodreads
It's hard to rate this book. The subject matter is so dark and gruesome I felt icky after finishing it. I read the entire book in about 45 minutes. It's so disturbing I don't even the words. It's dark, dark, dark. Read full review