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The doctor of a small town, Lamar Hale, investigates after the remains of several people are found in the surrounding woods and his partner is critically wounded by a bullet meant for a man being followed by the FBI.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781632864529
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sallis
Characteristics: 178 pages ; 22 cm


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May 09, 2017

This poetic novel yields its considerable pleasures to the reader willing to savour the storytelling without needing a lot of plot structure, or even a linear flow of time. The mysteries explored here are human, rather than criminal.

ArapahoeLesley Mar 05, 2017

Beautifully written with vivid and intriguing characters, Willnot is a look at the variety and intricacies of life through the eyes of a rural doctor. With musings on mortality, military service, finding your place in the world and much more, this book, despite it's small size is thought provoking and impacting.

Sep 22, 2016

This is not your typical mystery, however, I still enjoyed Sallis' prose. Considering the overall length of the story, I felt that too many characters were introduced and essentially forgotten. The "mystery" is never solved, and the novel serves as more of a literary novel based on a middle-aged man coming to terms with mortality.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 22, 2016

Beautiful, deep writing that made for a more intricate read than anticipated. Descriptions of the setting really brought the town to life, though the plot's abrupt changes in time and purpose made the read as muddled sometimes as the mystery itself

Jul 02, 2016

This novel is well written, thoughtful and thought provoking. Has a sort of William Faulkner feel or vibe to it. I liked the narrator, Dr. Lamar Hale. My inner mystery addict wanted to know more about the shooter who wounds Richard, and more development about the bodies found in the grave outside town. But overall a good effort.


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