Synopses & Reviews
Larry Watson Goes Grisly
. Larry Watsons 9th book, Let Him Go
is vintage Watson in that the setting is Montana and the 50s, but this book is more No Country for Old Men
than American Graffiti
, replete with menace and severed limbs. A retired sheriff and his wife go after their young grandson in a riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences. Called brilliant” by reviewers, booksellers and writers, this book is sure to please old and new fans.
Dalton, North Dakota, September 1951: It's been years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James when he was thrown from a horse; months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is steadfast, resolved to find and retrieve her grandson Jimmythe one person in this world keeping Jamess memory alivewhile George, a retired sheriff, is none too eager to stir up trouble.
Unable to sway his wife from her mission, George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, traveling through the Dakota badlands to Gladstone, Montana. When Margaret tries to convince Lorna to return home to North Dakota and bring little Jimmy with her, the Blackledges find themselves entangled with the entire Weboy clan, who are determined not to give up the boy without a fight.
From the author who brought us Montana 1948, Let Him Go is pitch-perfectgutsy and unwavering. Speaking to the extraordinary measures we take for family and the overpowering instinct to protect those we love, Larry Watson is at his storytelling finest in this unforgettable return to the American West.
"Let Him Go
is as commanding as its title: you will be immediately gripped by the narrow-eyed, big-hearted pursuit of a child in danger. This is a literary thriller of the highest order on par with Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone
an unrelenting quest through an unforgiving landscape and deadly family web." Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon
and The Wilding
A retired sheriff and his wife go after their young grandson in a riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences. Let Him Go
, Larry Watsons ninth book, returns to big sky country in mid-century America but, with the pervasive menace of a small town family gone wrong and a shocking and deadly ending, this novel charts new territory for the author and provides a powerful dose of suspense for the reader. It's been years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James and months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is resolved to find and retrieve the boy while George is none too eager to stir up trouble. Soon, the Blackledges find themselves entangled with the entire Weboy clan, who are determined not to give up the boy without a fight.
About the Author
The author of many novels, including Montana 1948
, Larry Watson
is the recipient of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, among numerous other prizes and awards. He teaches writing and literature at Marquette University and lives in Milwaukee.