Chris Offutt in conversation with Michael Farris Smith for Code of the Hills

06/13 5:30 PM Chris Offutt in conversation with Michael Farris Smith for Code of the Hills
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 5:30pm

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Join us in celebrating Chris Offutt and the next chapter of Mick Hardin in Code of the HillsChris will be in conversation with Michael Farris Smith on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:30 PM @ Off Square Books.

About the Book

In this blistering return to Chris Offutt's acclaimed crime series, Mick Hardin is tested like never before as familial allegiances and old wounds collide, threatening to destroy everything he loves. Master storyteller and award-winning author Chris Offutt's latest book, Code of the Hills, is a dark, witty, and propulsive thriller of murder and secrets in a town where little is as it seems. Mick Hardin is back in the hills of Kentucky. He'd planned to touch down briefly before heading to France, marking the end to his twenty-year Army career. In Rocksalt, his sister Linda the sheriff is investigating the murder of Pete Lowe, a sought-after mechanic at the local racetrack. After another body is found, Linda and her deputy Johnny Boy Tolliver wonder if the two murders are related. Linda steps into harm's way just as a third body turns up and Mick ends up being deputized again, uncovering evidence of illegal cockfighting, and trying to connect all the crimes. An explosive return to the mayhem of the Kentucky hills, Code of the Hills is a harrowing novel of family--of what we're willing to do to protect and avenge the ones we love.

About the Author

CHRIS OFFUTT is the author of the novels Shifty’sBoys, The Killing Hills, Country Dark, and The Good Brother; the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, and three memoirs: The Same River TwiceNo Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. He has written screenplays for WeedsTrue Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

Praise for...

“Excellent Kentucky noir—Offutt’s third Mick Hardin novel is the best yet . . . Offutt once again beautifully captures both the roughness and the generosity of the inhabitants of Rocksalt, both the menace and the beauty of the eastern Kentucky landscape. The dialogue is a highlight, consistently sharp, quick, and funny; in that, Offutt is rapidly becoming a rural-noir rival to greats like Elmore Leonard . . . Another love letter to Appalachia with a high body count. Another bloody delight.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The writing in the follow-up to Shifty’s Boys is as beautifully descriptive of the scenes in Detroit as in the Kentucky hills. Offutt’s Mick Hardin novels are powerful books that feature characters with questionable ethics.”—Lesa Holstine, Library Journal (starred review) 

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ISBN: 9780802161918
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Published: Grove Press - June 13th, 2023