UPDATED: Chris Offutt in conversation with Michael Farris Smith for Shifty's Boys

06/16; 6pm Chris Offutt in conversation with Michael Farris Smith for Shifty's Boys
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:00pm

Army CID officer and unofficial PI, Mick Hardin, is up against unforeseen forces who will stop at nothing in this vividly atmospheric thriller from acclaimed novelist Chris Offutt. 

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CrimeReads and Square Books team up to present Chris Offutt in conversation with Michael Farris Smith in celebration of Offutt's latest thriller Shifty's Boys · Thursday, June 16th at 6 pm · Off Square Books.

About the Book:

Chris Offutt is a literary master across genres, and his most recent novel The Killing Hills was one of his most successful, earning him a new audience and praise from the likes of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Crime Reads. His latest book, Shifty's Boys, is a compelling, propulsive thriller of murder and mayhem in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

Mick Hardin is home on leave, recovering from an IED attack, when a body is found in the center of town. It's Barney Kissick, the local heroin dealer, and the city police see it as an occupational hazard. But when Barney's mother, Shifty, asks Mick to take a look, it appears there's more to the killing than it seems. Mick should be rehabbing his leg, signing his divorce papers, and getting out of town--and most of all, staying out of the way of his sister Linda's reelection as Sheriff--but he keeps on looking, and suddenly he's getting shot at himself.

A dark, pacy crime novel about grief and revenge, and the surprises hidden below the surface, Shifty's Boys is a tour de force that confirms Chris Offutt's Mick Hardin as one of the most appealing new investigators in fiction.

About the Author:

Chris Offutt is the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations.

About the Host: 

Michael Farris Smith is the author of Blackwood,The FighterDesperation Road, Riversand The Hands of Strangers. His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists in Esquire,Southern Living,Book Riot, and numerous other outlets. He has been a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, the Gold Dagger Awardin the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Bitter SouthernerGarden & Gun, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

About CrimeReads:

CrimeReads is a culture website for people who believe suspense is the essence of storytelling, questions are as important as answers, and nothing beats the thrill of a good book. It’s a single, trusted source where readers can find the best writing from the worlds of crime, mystery, and thrillers—a literary culture that’s more robust than ever, but diffuse. Like its founding website, Literary Hub, CrimeReads is an organizing principle, curating and cultivating a daily slate of high-quality writing, a digital space where readers and writers can gather and engage. With the help of its editorial partners, CrimeReads is a site readers can rely on for smart, entertaining writing about the culture they love. Each day, alongside original content and exclusive excerpts, CrimeReads is proud to showcase an editorial feature from one of its many partners from across the literary crime community, from publishers big and small, bookstores, non-profits, librarians, and more.

Event address: 
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Shifty's Boys By Chris Offutt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802159984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - June 7th, 2022