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Blackburn

Blackburn

A Novel

Bradley Denton

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Jimmy Blackburn grows up in the Midwest believing the things that adults tell him. He questions his teachers and they lie to him. He questions his parents and his father beats him. He questions the world and it hurts him.

And so Jimmy Blackburn becomes a killer.

In this novel we meet many of Blackburn's twenty-one victims. They include law enforcers, writers, adulterers, auto mechanics, and other liars.

This is an exceptional novel, at once riotously funny and searingly potent: a vision of America through the eyes of the central bogeyman of our culture.

Praise for Blackburn

"Denton's third novel...takes the overworked serial-killer concept and wrings from it a striking depiction of middle-American despair, betrayed innocence, and transcendent hope...Denton's hand never falters as he shows us an America of petty injustices and vanished dreams, where a sensitive Kansas boy can grow into a killer."—Publishers Weekly

"A bracing antidote to the pop sociologies of mass murder it so deftly skewers...boldly abusive mixture of hilarity, despair, and cartoon eschatology."—Kirkus Reviews

"A profoundly unsettling book...By turns hilarious, heartrending, violent and curiously tender, it is like no book you've read before."—The Washington Post Book World

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Bradley Denton

Bradley Denton was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958. His books include the novels Blackburn and One Day Closer to Death, and short story collections. He lives on the outskirts of Austin, Texas.

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