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They Don't Dance Much Free download È 104 ß In this classic country noir featuring a new introduction by Daniel Woodrell a small town farmer takes a job at a roadhouse where unbridled greed leads to a brutal murder Jack McDonald is barely a farmer Boll weevils have devoured his cotton crop his chickens have stopped laying eggs and everythiEn his cow He has no money no prospects and nothing to do but hang around filling stations wondering where his next drink will come from As far as hooch goes there's no place like Smut Milligan's where Breath of Spring moonshine sells for a dollar a pint A bootlegger with an entrepreneurial spirit Milligan has plans to ope. They Don't Dance Much is a noir novel set in 1930's North Carolina It was the only book its author James Ross ever completed and after reading it one wonders why Ross did not go on to produce many novels The book was out of print for many years after being published in 1940 and Mysterious Press wisely chose to re publish the book in 2013 with a forward by Daniel Woodrell Apparently the book received encomiums from Raymond Chandler and Flannery O'Connor upon publication but even accolades from such august writers did not enhance book salesThe book is a great first effort and it probably helps that Ross was a journalist with excellent writing skills and good descriptive powers The book has been lumped into a category called Country Noir but this is mainly because it is set in rural North Carolina If it had been written by James M Cain it would simply be labeled as a noir novel The book's story line is pretty simple The narrator is a failed cotton farmer who goes to work for a local thug who has plans to turn his small gas station into a roadhouse He fulfills these plans and hires the narratorfarmer to work as his cashier The roadhouse turns out to be a great success and draws many customers But success leads to envy and scheming and the desire for greater success and what ensues is a complex interplay between the town's power brokers and the club's owner and some horrible events occur during the machinations of the roadhouse owner Smut and the town's elite who are trying to wrest the roadhouse from his controlOne of the book's main points is that as with much in life things are not what they seem in this placid little North Carolina burg and the town is not so simple as someone passing through might suspectIt is hard to know for certain why the book never entered the canon of noir fiction Many great books have fallen by the wayside for seemingly no reason If I had to guess though I would say that some of the reason for the book's fading into obscurity lies in its accurate depiction of North Carolina speech circa 1940 Every black person is called by the N word and this is done of a matter of course than as a direct slur Ross is simply writing in the dialect of the time and a Southerner would easily pick up on the nuances of black white relations which are far less black and white pardon the pun than an outside observer would be able to observe Without understanding the complicated and obviously unjust race relations of the time a casual reader might get the impression that Ross is a racist or that the characters are monstrous people Some of them ARE monstrous people but less so from the way they talk than by their actionsThe book appears to have been written by a novelist well steeped in the noir genre One reason perhaps that Ross did not follow it up is because he had no character other than the narrator who could realistically have continued on in any type of seuels and the narrator taken alone was not a strong character like a Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe who could drift from story to story with ease Still Ross clearly had the talent to continue to write tales in this genre and I'm glad Mysterious Press recognized the book as a neglected noir classic and decided to release it again Like the best noir fiction it explores the darker side of humanity without trying to explain it and gives an accurate slice of life depiction of life in rural North Carolina in the late 1930's

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N a roadhouse and he asks Jack to run the till The music will be hot the liuor cheap and the clientele rough But the only thing stronger than Milligan's hooch is his greed and Jack is slowly drawn into the middle of Smut's dalliances with a married woman the machinations of corrupt town officials and a savage act of murde. Before McCarthy before Gay before O'Connor and Farris Smith and Rash and Woodrell there was James Ross's They Don't Dance MuchPublished in 1940 the original southern noir novel stands the test of time very well It tells the story of Jack McDonald a failed farmer who takes a job at a roadhouse in the small town of Corinth NCHe falls under the wing of the owner Smut Milligan who eventually embroils Jack in a brutal murderThe novel brilliantly depicts the semi hillbilly community which is a mix of drunks flashy rich guys and downtrodden wives Ross combines a compelling plot with highly evocative writing and wonderful eccentric charactersFrom what I can tell the book has had a turbulent history being shifted from publisher to publisher and never doing too well I guess some of the racial language may be a little fresh for the modern ear but it is very much a novel worth reading and is at the heart of all the southern noir country noir and southern gothic writing that has followed it

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They Don't Dance MuchIn this classic country noir featuring a new introduction by Daniel Woodrell a small town farmer takes a job at a roadhouse where unbridled greed leads to a brutal murder Jack McDonald is barely a farmer Boll weevils have devoured his cotton crop his chickens have stopped laying eggs and everything he owns is mortgaged ev. Just finished this novel moments ago and I'm feeling pretty much pole axed by the uality of the writing and the stunning and beautifully written ending It's a cross between James M Cain and William Faulkner Naaaaahhh not Faulkner Not reallyIt's in a league of its ownIt's tough and it's hardboiled and a richly rewarding readIf you're a fan of Country Noir you owe it to yourself to read thisI'm going to have to cogitate on this one a whileMight try to write a coherent review of this tomorrow or the next dayDoubt I'm capable of doing this literary masterpiece justiceIt's absolutely the best novel I've read since Donald Ray Pollock's The Devil All The Time or the last Daniel Woodrell2nd time around and I'm as numb after reading the last page as I was the first time I read this novelTwo hard cases team up to start the finest roadhouse Depression era North Carolina ever sawThe legal liuor and the bootleg liuor fly off the shelvesTwo slot machines and only one of them ever pays off but rarely at that Every card deck is personally shaved by the ownerEverything is working outThen greed and murder get the best of the twoThis novel is as brilliantly written and as suspenseful as I originally judged it to beUnforgettableHighest Possible Recommendation