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'Haints Stay turns the Western on its ear' - Washington Post Featured in: Slate Underrated Books of the Year 2015, Flavorwire Best Independent Press Books of 2015, Vice Magazine's '2015 Was the Year the Literary Versus Genre War Ended' best book list. Brooke and Sugar are contract killers without a contract. Bird is the 13-year-old who appears in their camp one night, with no memory and palms as smooth as stones. Driven from town after a bathhouse brawl, it's only a matter of time before the sheriffs will find them. Before the cannibals and stampedes and marauders will find them. Before the past will clamber up from where they buried it, covered in animal skins and teeth.In Haints Stay, Colin Winnette breaks down the classic Western and builds a bloody lean-to from the scraps. Brutal, surreal, and darkly funny, this bold new novel follows an ever-expanding cast of characters - each in the pursuit of their own brand of justice and belonging.
Like many of the frontier lives it chronicles, Winnette's new novel (after Coyote) is short and brutish. Its two main characters, the brothers Brooke and Sugar, are contract killers, operating in and around the Western everyville of Wolf Creek (in an unspecified period of America's past resembling the Wild West). After their latest kill, they flee into the wilderness, where they are joined briefly by Bird, an adolescent boy with no memory of his past. A series of violent encounters entangles the three in the dog-eat-dog environment of the West, including pursuit by henchmen and their eventual capture by vigilante bounty hunters. Before the novel ends, there's cannibalism, an amputation, a bloody jailhouse shoot-out, a surprise birth, and the slaughter of a town's entire population. There is little romance to the Wild West as Winnette depicts it: the landscape is all "rock and vastness," and "between each of the towns was pure wilderness, and what came bearing down upon civilization was beyond imagination." Winnette's laconic observations about his characters he describes the young Brooke and Sugar as "not being good boys... on the cusp of not becoming good men" and their bleak personal philosophy ("there was no logic to life and no road that could take you straight elsewhere") accentuate the grimness of this portrait of the frontier as a place where desperation and death were always near at hand.