A veteran’s moment of rage leads to a chase through the bayou in this tale of “jackhammer suspense” by the New York Times–bestselling author of Swan Song (Kirkus Reviews).
Two decades after he finished serving his country in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Dan Lambert still pays the price. As he hustles for construction work in the heat of a brutal Louisiana summer, Dan tries to ignore the pounding in his head—a constant reminder of the Agent Orange–caused leukemia which will soon end his life. And now the bank wants to repossess his truck. His attempt to reason with the loan officer does not get him far. Dan loses himself in rage, and for a moment is back in the jungle again. When he comes out of his bloodlust, he has shot the banker through the chest. There is nothing to do but run. On his trail are two peculiar bounty hunters: a onetime Siamese twin and a heavyset Elvis impersonator. To save his own life, Dan is going to have to remember why it was worth living in the first place.
McCammon has followed the popular and critical success of Boy's Life with a book that is much darker, but written with the same headlong narrative grip. Dan Lambert is a bitter Vietnam vet in Louisiana at the end of his rope:
A perfect, but not happy, ending
I loved this book! You really get to know the characters and why they behave as they do, even in the oddest of circumstances. And, while I would not say the ending is a happy one for all concerned, it is perfect for each of the individual characters.
Review of Gone South
I read this book in, basically, one sitting. I loved it as much as I have all McCammon's books. I was just excited to find out there was one I hadn't read yet. I curled up with it and was not disappointed. It is fast paced, the characters richly interesting, and the story amazing. If you are thinking of choosing this as a "vacation" book, better pick a second as well, because you will be unable to put this down and you'll burn through it in a couple sittings. I would give it five stars. Loved it!