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Dagger Awards Best Book (nominee)
For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sat in Parchman Penitentiary in the Mississippi Delta. His sentence is now up for manslaughter, and he believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns to his South Mississippi hometown, he faces blood-thirsty revenge. Larry and Walt, older brothers of the young man Russell killed so many years ago, have had the calendar marked. They greet Russell the instant he steps off the bus with hard fists and dire promises.On the same day that Russell comes back, a homeless woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate under the punishing summer sun. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spends their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben running down a desolate back road holding a pistol, and a dead deputy sprawled across the asphalt. When Russell later rides up on the scene with the loaded shotgun he's gotten for protection tucked behind the seat of his father's truck, the eyes of the law can't help but look toward him. Along these dark back roads, lives twisted with regret intersect with violent and vengeful consequences as the differences between right and strong shift like the southern sky. Desperation Road, written in powerful and lyrical prose, is a story of troubled souls bound by a secret that stretches over the years and across the land.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Every once in a while an author comes along who's in love with art and the written language and image, William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith s name to the list." - James Lee Burke

"Michael Farris Smith is a prodigiously talented writer whose new book is not only an exciting read but an important literary event." - Robert Olen Butler

"A novel that lends dignity and grace to those too often damned, DESPERATION ROAD is fearless, guttural, and thunderously heartfelt. Quite simply one of our finest writers at work today, Michael Farris Smith has made his own place at the table." - David Joy

"Michael Farris Smith taps into the rhythm of a world I know, and he does it so well, with such ease, that it's almost like I'm living it instead of reading it." - Jamie Kornegay

"Anchored by prose that is both poetic and brutal, Desperation Road is a gorgeous and violent book." - Ivy Pochoda

"An outstanding performance." - Ron Rash


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Hardback Editions

February 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Desperation Road
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 1-84344-987-0 / 978-1-84344-987-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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February 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Desperation Road
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 0-316-35303-5 / 978-0-316-35303-8 (USA edition)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Desperation Road
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ISBN: 0-316-35304-3 / 978-0-316-35304-5 (USA edition)
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November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Desperation Road
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ISBN: 1-84344-991-9 / 978-1-84344-991-1 (UK edition)
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February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Desperation Road
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ISBN: 1-84344-986-2 / 978-1-84344-986-7 (UK edition)
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Desperation Road
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Title: Desperation Road
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February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Desperation Road
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ISBN: 1-4789-4584-2 / 978-1-4789-4584-0 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Desperation Road: Library Edition
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
ISBN: 1-4789-4581-8 / 978-1-4789-4581-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Desperation Road
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February 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Desperation Road
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February 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Desperation Road: A compelling literary crime novel
Author(s): Michael Farris Smith
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Title: Desperation Road
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Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
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