Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Lord of Madison County, by Jimmy Cajoleas
What do you find at the corner of Noir and Southern Gothic? Wicked young ladies, for one thing.
Douglas is a teenager who has come up with the perfect place to sell drugs: his church's youth group. Pastor Jerry loves the kids' ecstatic enthusiasm and doesn't have a clue as to what's going on. He also doesn't know what's going on between his young daughter and Douglas.
But another adult gets Douglas into trouble with his dealer and things, in fine Noir fashion, go to hell. What I love about this story is that it is full of classic Noir characters but you can't predict what will happen based on the standard stereotypes. Some of them go off in surprising directions. Very nice piece of work.