Item description for Yellow Medicine by Anthony Neil Smith...
Deputy Billy Lafitte is not unfamiliar with the law--he just prefers to enforce it, rather than abide by it. But his rule-bending and bribe-taking have gotten him kicked off the force in Gulfport, Mississippi, and he's been given a second chance--in the desolate, Siberian wastelands of rural Minnesota. Now Billy's only got the local girls and local booze to keep him company. Until one of the local girls--cute little Drew, bassist for a psychobilly band--asks Billy for help with her boyfriend. Something about the drugs Ian's been selling, some product he may have lost, and the men who are threatening him because of it. Billy agrees to look into it, and before long he's speeding down a snowy road, tracking a cell of terrorists, with a severed head in his truck's cab. And that's only the start.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2008
Publisher Bleak House Books
ISBN 1932557709 ISBN13 9781932557701
Availability 0 units.
More About Anthony Neil Smith
Anthony Neil Smith is a novelist and writing professor, currently the Chair of the English Department at Southwest Minnesota State University. He's the author of the Billy Lafitte series, plus a number of other books in the crime and horror/bizarro genres. His next Mustafa & Adem novel is Once a Warrior.
Anthony Neil Smith currently resides in Minneapolis Minneapolis.
Reviews - What do customers think about Yellow Medicine?
Lou Ford meets Keyser Soze Jul 7, 2008
Well, that sounds more interesting than it turns out to be. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of this author's writing, it's in keeping with the type of book he's written, gives a nod to Jim Thompson and the like, but the writing still belongs to no one but Smith. You won't think he's handing you a cheap imitation of James Cain, for example. At the same time, the characterization of Deputy Billy Lafitte is uncomfortably similar to Thompson's Lou Ford. Toss in terrorists and enough violence to satisfy those who require it in megadoses, and there's your story. So in a nutshell; I liked the writing but I didn't care for the characters and the story. But I liked enough of this book that I'm happy to try this author again. I think he's capable of taking that one leap of imagination that will put him into the same category of originality as a Cain or a Thompson.
Psychobilly Madness Coming Your Way! Jun 13, 2008
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Anthony Neil Smith's YELLOW MEDICINE, and a fan of his other novels and stories, too. And then there's the PLOTS WITH GUNS online noir fiction zine he edits...
Face it, the dude simply does not disappoint.
With this, his third novel, Smith delivers what I've come to expect from him, and then amps it up some more and drives it home with this slambang full-throttle tale of crime, corruption, wannabe terrorists, and psychobilly madness.
Deputy Billy Lafitte, in many ways, is like a character outta a Harry Crews novel, except Neil takes Lafitte outta the South, drops him into the frozen wastelands of rural Minnesota, and then lets this guy speak for himself. It quite a ride. One every lover of crime and noir should want to take.