Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek In Cypress Grove James Sallis introduced his compelling new protagonist Turner Susannah Yager of The Telegraph said Sallis s deceptively easy style disguises the skill with which he has produced a s

  • Title: Cripple Creek
  • Author: James Sallis
  • ISBN: 9780802715203
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Cypress Grove , James Sallis introduced his compelling new protagonist Turner Susannah Yager of The Telegraph said Sallis s deceptively easy style disguises the skill with which he has produced a satisfyingly complete portrait of a man s life Now Turner is back in Cripple Creek, a novel as atmospheric and eventful as anything Sallis has written A year or soIn Cypress Grove , James Sallis introduced his compelling new protagonist Turner Susannah Yager of The Telegraph said Sallis s deceptively easy style disguises the skill with which he has produced a satisfyingly complete portrait of a man s life Now Turner is back in Cripple Creek, a novel as atmospheric and eventful as anything Sallis has written A year or so has passed since the events of Cypress Grove Ex policeman, ex con, former therapist, Turner has become Deputy Sheriff in the small town within driving distance of Memphis, Tennessee, to which he had migrated in hopes of escaping his past His life is mending as he and Val Bjorn grow closer And then a young man, arrested on a routine traffic stop with than 200,000 in his trunk, is forcibly sprung from jail after Sheriff Don Lee is brutally assaulted Throwing caution aside, Turner goes in pursuit to Memphis, unleashing ghosts he thought he had left behind, and endangering all that matters to him now.

    One thought on “Cripple Creek”

    1. Accidentally reading this series backwards has provided some unexpected insight in to the nature of Turner as a character and what Sallis is/was doing as a writer. With the facts of Turner's ending already known the reflective nature of a man looking back over his life, sifting through his memories, connecting the dots across several timeframes, making the connections with observations and events, learnings and most notably, in this series at least, losses becomes heightened, especially with the [...]

    2. Second in the Turner trilogy.Lonnie Bates is still in recovery, Don Lee is acting sheriff and Turner is officially deputy sheriff now. When Lee makes what seems to be a run of the mill traffic stop but finds a huge amount of money stashed in the car, problems arise almost immediately. During the night, the suspect is broken out of the town jail, leaving Don Lee unconscious and June, the secretary, out cold on the floor of the office. The situation deteriorates from there, as Turner visits his ol [...]

    3. I had forgotten how dark these books about this lawman in Tennessee are. I remembered that I liked the way Sallis' tells a story and that John Turner is an interesting character. I also remembered that Sallis' use of language in this series is as wonderful as in his Lew Griffin mysteries. I just did not remember that wherever Turner goes, terrible things happen.That does not mean that I disliked this novel. I liked it a lot. I got hooked in the very beginning and desperately wanted to know how i [...]

    4. James Sallis is obviously in love with the sound of his own voice. But it's hard to take a writer to task for that. Kind of comes with the territory. In this case, he's walking in the oversize footsteps of James Lee Burke, as Cripple Creek relates the life and times of John Turner: a detective turned social worker turned detective who's basically a clone of Burke's famous character: Dave Robicheaux. Both are men of violence who routinely take the law into their own hands, get innocent people aro [...]

    5. Carol was right about this one. I was so disappointed that it was over I read the intro to his next book and I never do that. James Sallis needs to be on your will-read list for sure. John Turner has had quite a life, 11 years in prison, then a psychotherapist, a cop in Memphis, now he thinks he will settle down in a small town in Tennessee like he grew up in, and ends up as "acting" Deputy Sheriff. His friends are a bit "off the beaten path", but he respects their differences, event he possum w [...]

    6. I think this author writes some beautiful prose, certainly about nature--birds, storms, etc. and provocative, not in an erotic way but a thought-provoking way, of getting into people's psyches. I will be looking into other works of this author, particularly his poetry.Even though this is a series and the second in this trilogy, I was miffed that there was no closure in the ending of this book. I would have read the third one anyway. Also would have liked more of a connection with the title, Crip [...]

    7. My man Turner is part Spenser/part Scudder/part Robicheaux, and all-human. Sallis' character is at once an innocent and a cynic, trying with all his might to reconcile his place in the order of things. Saddened and bent by a checkered past,redeemed (oh so slowly) by rebirth in his brave new world, Turner is an everyman intent on re-forming (not reforming)his present.Sallis is an author of language, and his words are as carefully chosen as lithe lines of poetry. Do yourself a favor and come on do [...]

    8. I enjoyed this a little more than its prequel, and since everything Sallis writes is at least very good, that is praise. The deepening of the world around Turner, how it continues to mould and haunt him, as well as nurture and hurt him is at times painful to observe but remains true as well as mythic. For all his acknowledged flaws as a person, a father, a companion, he remains a character we wish well, perhaps more out of hope than expectation.

    9. Can't say I enjoyed this as much as the first in the Turner trilogy - there doesn't seem to be much of a plot and Sallis keeps going off at a tangent reminiscing about Turner's previous experiences and throwing in little stories told by Turner or about some of the other characters. I found this quite distracting particularly as I felt that we were getting nowhere with the narrative. Left me feeling a bit depressed and unsure if I can be bothered with the final book. Pity.

    10. I really enjoy James Sallis. His characterisation is superb and his laid back but deeply profound writing style is amazing. Quality, Quality, Quality!! His books are much more than mere crime novels.

    11. This was a very satisfying book to read. The characters have depth. The story is sufficiently complex to keep your attention. And best of all the actual writing is top notch.

    12. Oy, James Sallis. What happened?I read the first book in Sallis' Turner series, Cypress Grove, and found it, by and large, to be a perfectly fine start to what I think of as "testosterone cozies": you know, those male mystery series where a paragon of male competence incisively cooks, screws, questions, and punches his way through a dramatic murder or series of murders showing that life is brutal even while it is lovely, and unfair even while it is worthwhile, and savage even while it can be sav [...]

    13. Turner continues the struggle with his personal philosophy of life. He has a talent for helping those around him so his plan to live outside the boundaries of society doesn't really work. He becomes enmeshed in people's lives, slowly becoming friends while continually refining his idea of why he's in the world. He always chooses to do right, taking whatever fate hands him and doing the best he can with it. This title does not disappoint. I loved it. It has a few plot surprises and much soul sear [...]

    14. A year after the events in Cypress Grove, life for Tuner – the main character – is pretty good. He is settled, with a job as a deputy and a girlfriend (Val) who seems the perfect fit for him, a woman who wants – need – her own space as much as he does. It isn’t necessarily where he thought he would be but it seems like a good place to end up for someone who has been a policeman, convict, and psychiatrist among other things. He life is simple and he is accepted for who he is in the smal [...]

    15. "Violence is a lonesome thing, it gets inside you and sits in there calling out for more."There was a point about halfway through Cripple Creek that I was becoming unsure that this novel would match up to the opening of Sallis' Turner trilogy, Cypress Grove. It was the language he had coming out of Turner's mouth. Some of it seemed to come from a different character than we'd seen at any poiny during CG. Part of me thought that perhaps Sallis had just lost his instincts for a moment or two and h [...]

    16. This book is recommended by an association supporting southern American authors. I can see why, because the writing is lyrical and it waxes romantic on the pleasures of the south (food, music, landscape, idiosyncratic people, etc.). OK, nice, let's support the culture. I do think that's a good cause. However, it's slotted in the "mystery/thriller" genre, which isn't fair to the author, because really, it was a crappy mystery. Little or no edge-of-your-seat stuff, and lots of charming characters. [...]

    17. I thoroughly enjoyed Cripple Creek, a slim novel based on an even slimmer premise. A man is stopped for speeding in the small town of Cripple Creek and is locked up for the night when he reacts violently. A search of his car reveals $200 000 in a bag but not much else. The next day the man is forcibly sprung from the jail by a couple of goombahs with the acting Sheriff and a dispatcher injured in the process. Turner doesn't take it well and sets off to Memphis to create havoc, which, in turn, br [...]

    18. In CRIPPLE CREEK, James Sallis' protagonist John Turner has become somewhat entrenched in the small Southern community he came to know in the previous Turner novel, CYPRESS GROVE. Turner, an ex-cop, ex-con and lapsed therapist, who helped the local sheriff solve a crime in the first book, is now a deputy with all that position's attendant status and responsibilities. Turner's also acquired a family (if only a de facto one, at first) in this sequel, including his girlfriend, attorney Val Bjorn, h [...]

    19. Cripple Creek is the second book in the John Turner trilogy and although best read in sequence can be read as a standalone. The three standout qualities of Sallis writing, in general, and which are all evident in this story, are his prose, his characterisation, and his atmospherics. Sallis is a poet and his storytelling has a wonderful cadence, his style is all tell and no show. The reader is dropped into Turner’s world of rural America and its inhabitants, its sense of place and social life. [...]

    20. I can see how the idea makes sense to combine the three “Turner” novels by James Sallis into one volume. The second in the series, as slim as the first at 192 pages, could just as easily be a “Part Two” in a larger book. The narrator matter-of-factly refers to characters and action from CYPRESS GROVE in CRIPPLE CREEK--which finds the reclusive Turner fully immersed in his rural Tennessee community and working as a deputy sheriff. A routine traffic stop by easy-going Acting Sheriff Don Le [...]

    21. 3.8 stars. As usual, Sallis' writing is wonderful, and like Cypress Grove (CG), this is more about who Turner is than the detective challenges to be met. There are several, and they largely end up tying together. Turner is a complex and fascinating character with a history of police work, therapist work, jail time, and other life adventures. The story is primarily character-driven, with Turner's first-person perspectives taking the forefront, but more involvement with the others in his life than [...]

    22. I'd heard of James Sallis many times over the years--always positive reviews. I'm not sure. I think the book was hurt, frankly, by ridiculously poor interior design, among other things. It's trade paperback, very short, and with huge type reminiscent of YA novels. I love the South, and all of the character(s) intrinsic to the area, but though Sallis certainly references the atmosphere, the blues, the food, the hometown feel, it's just not quiteere. And the disjointed memory sequences, the varied [...]

    23. I just really like this James Sallis fella.This is my third of his after Drive and Cypress Grove and I have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. This is a crime story that doesn’t overly concern itself with the crime, but the characters affected by it. It examines past lives and the route that Turner and crew have taken to get to where they are today. Turner certainly has experience and his rag-tag band of co-sheriffs(!), cranky coroners and larder stockists all combine to paint a fascinating port [...]

    24. As if specifically ordered for me to counter the weighty tome that had tied me down previously, this little shot of energy went by like a flash, but the medicine was tasty, even better than the first book in the series, I thought. Many of the same problems still, but not as irritating. Don't look for the usual mystery-solving narrative, more like an excuse to develop a character, to look at his background, to tell little stories within the story. JLB light (which seemed apropos since---intention [...]

    25. I did not like this book at all. This edition has been translated from American English to French and I feel like that has been poorly done. It definitely ruined the story and made it unclear. It was boring and not understandable. With a million characters getting involved, this book is a melting pot that isn't heated enough. This is why it has taken me so long to finish it. It did not motivate to keep reading it and I only finished it in hopes that it would may be get clear or interesting but i [...]

    26. This was a beautifully written book. I picked this book up in a used book store and am so glad I did Sallis' unique way of writing and story telling is why I love to readMy first time reading Sallis but not the last time. This book is the second book featuring John Turner, ex-con, former therapist, and now deputy sheriff in a small town not far from Memphis.Just a wonderful story from a man trying to stay sane in a world gone mad.I loved Cripple Creek and all the eccentric characters living ther [...]

    27. Made up of many out of order story pieces this book challenges the reader to reconstruct the sequence of events and the links between them.The "problem" I have is that most of the vignettes are so wonderfully evocative of place and culture that I get distracted from the detective work.(I have no idea what life is like in small towns in the American south - but I would love to step into Turner's world for a while, sans body count)I like these, but a little of this writing style goes a long way.

    28. I adored this book. The 'detectives' are children. Their innocence and the time in which they live is charming. The writing is superb and the small town landscape Sallis creates is touching. I love that the location is set around a small town open air film theatre run by the main protagonists parents and that his 'confidant' and 'guide' is an old man. The whole book is a painting waiting to happen.

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