No Country for Old Men
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.
One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.
As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jpporter - LibraryThing
I read the book after having seen the movie. The movie deviates from the book somewhat; as usual, the book is better. The story line: a man finds a couple of cars and bodies - the apparent aftermath ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MikeFutcher - LibraryThing
A good novel but it took the Coen Brothers' film adaptation to really bring out the genius of it. If I hadn't already seen that excellent movie I think I would have been rather more lost in Cormac ... Read full review