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Coming in August from Down & Out Books: REGRET THE DARK HOUR by Richard Hood
By: Down & Out Books
About REGRET THE DARK HOUR …
When Nole Darlen kills his father—the man who has built the largest house anyone in these East Tennessee hills has ever seen—the single resounding gunshot sets up a dark patchwork of memory and expectation that gathers-up townspeople, hill-folks, lovers and outlaws. Here is a tangled tale involving the dead man's wife, neighbor Burlton Hobbes, desperado Jem Craishot, and a grizzled muskrat-trapper named Hogeye.
Central to the story is a pistol that Nole Darlen has taken from a card game the night before the murder. The pistol becomes a totem to Nole, an embodiment of the frustrations and failures that have dogged his life. He envies and fears the outlaw, Jem Craishot, wishing he, too, could be "fearsome," but descends, instead, into cowardice and betrayal. Eventually, the gun becomes a central element of the novel's twisted story, a talisman of murder, and a key to the book's shocking ending.
Richard Hood brings to bear his deep roots in rural East Tennessee. The plots and subplots of Regret the Dark Hour are based on true stories. The house still exists, the patricide really happened, the outlaw—Jem Craishot—is based upon the legendary Kinny Wagner, whose exploits derive from this time and region. The novel's social and cultural backgrounds are accurate, and call-up the rich heritage of East Tennessee.
The novel has been called "Southern Gothic Noir," and Hood describes it as an "anti-mystery."
Here is a story of family violence—its simmering causes and smoldering consequences—
Advance praise for REGRET THE DARK HOUR …
"Richard Hood's Regret the Dark Hour is a search for Regional Truth and the ways memory, representation, and history intertwine to produce stories, interpretation, and character. This novel is a triumph—giving us the sound and flavor of prohibition-
"Regret the Dark Hour calls up a story of betrayal, forbidden love, and familial violence in prohibition-
Meet the author …
Richard Hood is a musician, photographer, and writer, living in Greene County, Tennessee.
In its ninth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books (https://downandoutbooks.com) is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.