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The Devil Himself

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For Fans of Brian Panowich and Ron Rash.
Southern Noir at its finest, The Devil Himself, sizzles with page-burning suspense and bewitching characters. Deep in the backwoods of South Georgia, eighteen-year-old Maya narrowly escapes a savage end. The victim of a vast human trafficking operation managed out of Mexico, Maya had the misfortune to discover the dark plans of a high-ranking client. Her fate seemed sealed, until Leonard Moye, a lonely eccentric who doesn't suffer fools or tolerate trespassers, takes the young woman under his protection. Both bearing the scars from personal tragedies, they soon develop a bond that makes them, as a pair, a formidable foe, even for hardened criminals and professional scumbags. Maya knows too much and the old man lives on land in the crosshairs of narco machinations. As the heavies seek to finish the job, they find they may be no match for the resourcefulness of a disturbed old man and a cunning young woman.

Farris has created a new classic in country noir, a novel of wicked, gritty action and heartfelt redemption. First published in France with enormous critical acclaim and winning multiple literary awards, The Devil Himself will mark Peter Farris as a major crime writer in America as well.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"This is The Good the Bad and the Ugly on nitrous, Peter Farris has written a southern gothic barn-burner, when an aging ex-moonshiner becomes the protector of a young harlot who holds dirt on a local politician, a host of dirty cops and his enforcers bring an avalanche of violence to end her life, as the story deepens so do the plot twists and dark secrets in this epic tale of greed, drug running, redemption and justice." - Frank Bill

"Learn for yourself what French readers have known for a while now: Peter Farris is a master of hard-nosed Southern noir, a true heir to Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and Tom Franklin. The Devil Himself thunders off the page with beautiful writing and a killer sense of place. It's urgent, triumphant, and unflinching." - William Boyle

"The Devil Himself is a sharp take on a southern gothic fairytale - extra dark and cathartic, just the way I like them." - Louisa Luna

"It's fair to say Farris was one of my original inspirations to become a writer. His follow up, The Devil Himself, and his latest novel The Clay Eaters has made Farris an award-winning household name in France and remains to this day one of the single best crime writers I've ever read." - Brian Panowich

"A novel of uncompromising power." - Benjamin Whitmer

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