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No Country for Old Men

A retired welder chances upon a case full of cash at a bloody crime scene in the South Texas desert.

A retired welder chances upon a case full of cash at a bloody crime scene in the South Texas desert. A killer and a lawman soon pick up his trail, kicking off a stark, violent parable that 'œoffers much more hard-driving suspense' than anything the great Cormac McCarthy has written before, said Madison Smartt Bell in Bookforum. Seven years after his last book, the best-selling author of All the Pretty Horses still takes a cold view of man's place in the cosmos, and his 'œambitious, unforgivingly difficult prose style' still may inspire the unindoctrinated to turn tail. But what's most surprising about McCarthy's ninth novel is that, while 'œthe white hats don't win,' it steers by a 'œconventional moral compass.' The killer is not the problem, said Adam Kirsch in The New York Sun. In fact, he's so principled about never sparing a life that he's practically 'œa problem in theodicy.' The sheriff, on the other hand, plainly parrots McCarthy's own worldview, and his ethical code boils down to 'œa very conventional manliness, borrowed from Hemingway, if not from Gary Cooper.' Even so, the end result is a 'œpowerfully macho' novel, said Judi Goldenberg in the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch. And that makes it a 'œsurefire winner.'

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