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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library CRA (Text) 33500013578810 New Available -
Mahnomen Public Library CRA (Text) 33500013578828 New Checked out 05/31/2022
Greenbush Public Library CRA (Text) 35500006573933 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781641293457
  • ISBN: 1641293454
  • Physical Description: 324 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2022]

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"Trent Powers relocates his family from Anaheim to Arkansas to take over as head coach of the Denton Pirates, a high school football team powered by a volatile but talented running back named Billy Lowe. Billy comes from an extremely troubled home: a trailer park where he is terrorized by his unstable mother's abusive boyfriend. Billy takes out his anger on the field, and it's not long before he crosses a line. Instead of punishing him, though, Trent takes Billy into his home, hoping to protect his star player as the Pirates begin their playoff run. But when Billy's stepfather is found murdered, nothing can stop an explosive chain of violence that could tear the town apart"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #2
    *Starred Review* The comparison to Friday Night Lights will jump out at readers of this hard-as-nails debut thriller, but, in fact, beyond the thematic link to high-school football, the two stories live in very different worlds. In the celebrated TV show, there is a sense of possibility; in Cranor's novel, as in the best genuine noirs, there is only inevitability: What has been started cannot stop. Not until it's over. Billy Lowe, a rampaging running back for the Denton, Arkansas, Pirates, lives in a trailer with his alcoholic mother and her out-of-control, abusive boyfriend, Travis, who drinks NyQuil to save his whiskey up. Billy finds an outlet for his ever-simmering rage on the football field, but his bursts of violence go beyond even girdiron tolerance levels, like the time he puts a teammate in a wheelchair during the dreaded Blood Alley drill. Naturally, when Travis turns up dead in the family trailer, the eyes of Denton fall on Billy. Enter Billy's coach, Trent Powers, whose peculiar idealism, stirred into a volatile brew with a shot of born-again religion and his own dark past, leads him on a crusade to save his star. We know the trajectory the story will follow (down, always down), but that doesn't lessen the crackle of Cranor's electric prose, nor does it make his characters any less unequivocally real, their fates any less heartbreaking.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The buzz is growing for this superb debut, winner of the Peter Lovesey Best First Crime Novel contest. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Eli Cranor played quarterback at every level: peewee to professional, and then coached high school football for five years. These days, he's traded in the pigskin for a laptop, writing from Arkansas where he lives with his wife and kids. His fiction has won The Greensboro Review's Robert Watson Literary Prize and been a runner-up for The Missouri Review's Miller Prize. Eli also writes a nationally syndicated sports column, "Athletic Support," and his craft column, "Shop Talk," appears monthly at CrimeReads. His debut novel, Don't Know Tough, won the Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest. Eli is currently at work on his next novel.

Subject: Football coaches > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
High school athletes > Fiction.
Family violence > Fiction.
Arkansas > Fiction.
Arkansas > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Genre: Fictional Work
Detective and mystery fiction.
Sports fiction.
Sports fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.

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