by Eryk Pruitt
The blame for a county-wide murder spree lies at the feet of three people broken by a dying mill town: Calvin, a killer; London, a cook; and Rhonda, the woman who loves them both. No one sees the storm brewing until it’s too late in this Southern Gothic noir that adds a transgressive, chicken-fried twist to a story ripped straight from the pages of a true crime novel or an episode of Dateline NBC.
Calvin Cantrell searches for meaning in life and believes he’s stumbled across it when approached by Tom London to kill his meddling ex-wife. However, during his trip to Dallas to do the deed, Calvin discovers things about both himself and Corrina London–things that have horrible repercussions to the small town from which he hails.
After Corrina’s horrific murder, Tom London feels the noose tighten as both the local Sheriff and his current wife begin putting together the pieces of the puzzle. Could Rhonda Cantrell’s disastrous luck with men do more damage to the community than her serial killer husband or philandering lover?
Every so often, literature offers us a glimpse of where humanity succeeds.
This is not that story.