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Publisher Comments:

In Paris Trout, Pete Dexter tells the mesmerizing story of a shocking crime that eats away at the social fabric of a small town, exposing the hypocrisies of its ways and shattering the lives of its citizens.

The crime is the murder of a fourteen-year-old black girl and the killer is Paris Trout, a respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgia, and a man without guilt. His crime haunts the men and women of this town. Harry Seagraves, a prominent citizen and Trout's defense attorney, has nightmares about it. Trout's wife, Hanna, bears the abuse of his paranoia, which grows as the town reacts to the crime and puts Trout on trial. As he becomes more obsessed with his cause and his vendettas against those who have betrayed him, Trout moves closer and closer to the edge of sanity, finally exploding with more violence and rage.

Review:

"Mr. Dexter's strongest suit is his exquisite understanding of the finely meshed engines of greed, appetite and self-interest that drive a small town....Mr. Dexter's great accomplishment is to remind us, with lucidity and stinging frankness, the lengths to which we will go to deny our own racism and to reassure ourselves that we are innocent." Deborah Mason, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Mr. Dexter's prose is lucid and efficient, but without much color or individuality. The story gets swiftly told; it is an interesting story, though not one that I found engrossing or of much moral weight." Robert Towers, New York Review of Books

Review:

"[S]et in Faulkner country...leading up to a horrific and convincing climax...it is free of Faulkner's convoluted style. The prose is taut, the feeling for time and place exact....[T]here is nothing stereotyped in the way {Dexter} handles his characters....It's a solid achievement heightened by wit and a flawless ear and eye." George Melly, New Statesman & Society

Review:

"With a touch of the mastery that graces the best fiction about the South, Dexter has conjured up characters stroked broadly, voices that ring true — and vignettes crafted in miniature in a way that haunts....This is a reckless novel. A very fine writer knows he has taken large gambles and aimed at the highest level of Southern fiction. He has made a score." Pete Axthelm, Newsweek

Review:

"Pete Dexter's powerfully emotional novel doesn't have any brakes. Hang on, because you won't be able to stop until the finish." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Compelling? a disturbing and most rewarding novel that seems less to have been written than dictated by the collective unconscious of a shattered town." USA Today

Review:

"A psychological spellbinder that will take your breath away and probably interfere with your sleep." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A masterpiece, complex and breathtaking." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

A respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgia, Paris Trout is a shopkeeper, a money-lender, and a murderer of blacks. And his friends, family and foes do not realize the danger they face in a man who simply will not see his own guilt.

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ghostofthepast1986, October 16, 2010 (view all comments by ghostofthepast1986)
i gave this book a 3 out of 5 due to my disappointment. i was recommended this book by store employees at a book store in bend ORE(disappointment was no powell's fault). i was told this book was very dark and some what shocking. in my opinion the book was neither. i have also seen reviews stating how MR. Trout is especially racist which i would like to clarify he is not. he is protrade as being no more racist than anyone else of the time and i am sure he would commit the same crime to other people regardless of race.

now with the negativity out of the way i will say the book was fairly good. had i not been misled about what this book was about i would have given it a 4 or 5. if you have any sort of interest in crime novels than this book may be for you. i especially like how Trout's insanity was handled. i found his beliefs about why he did the crime, how he handled his affairs and even how he treated his wife to be very interesting.

if you like crime, human behavior, belief systems, or like books about a person(s) who is not quite right then buy this. on the other hand if you wanted a dark book for Halloween (LIKE ME!) then dont buy it.
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margaret jourden, April 8, 2008 (view all comments by margaret jourden)
I Loved the Book and now want to see the movie and can't wait to talk about it at our book club.
Great and scary book!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140122060
Author:
Dexter, Pete
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction
Series Volume:
100-130
Publication Date:
August 1989
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.76x5.10x.61 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140122060 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mr. Dexter's strongest suit is his exquisite understanding of the finely meshed engines of greed, appetite and self-interest that drive a small town....Mr. Dexter's great accomplishment is to remind us, with lucidity and stinging frankness, the lengths to which we will go to deny our own racism and to reassure ourselves that we are innocent."
"Review" by , "Mr. Dexter's prose is lucid and efficient, but without much color or individuality. The story gets swiftly told; it is an interesting story, though not one that I found engrossing or of much moral weight."
"Review" by , "[S]et in Faulkner country...leading up to a horrific and convincing climax...it is free of Faulkner's convoluted style. The prose is taut, the feeling for time and place exact....[T]here is nothing stereotyped in the way {Dexter} handles his characters....It's a solid achievement heightened by wit and a flawless ear and eye."
"Review" by , "With a touch of the mastery that graces the best fiction about the South, Dexter has conjured up characters stroked broadly, voices that ring true — and vignettes crafted in miniature in a way that haunts....This is a reckless novel. A very fine writer knows he has taken large gambles and aimed at the highest level of Southern fiction. He has made a score."
"Review" by , "Pete Dexter's powerfully emotional novel doesn't have any brakes. Hang on, because you won't be able to stop until the finish."
"Review" by , "Compelling? a disturbing and most rewarding novel that seems less to have been written than dictated by the collective unconscious of a shattered town."
"Review" by , "A psychological spellbinder that will take your breath away and probably interfere with your sleep."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece, complex and breathtaking."
"Synopsis" by , A respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgia, Paris Trout is a shopkeeper, a money-lender, and a murderer of blacks. And his friends, family and foes do not realize the danger they face in a man who simply will not see his own guilt.
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