Item description for The Auctioneer by Ed Gorman Joan Samson...
“A well-made piece of dynamite. . . . For all their talk, the author seems to be saying men will permit their souls to be carried away bit by bit and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Samson has written a suspenseful, engrossing novel with the most gripping and violent ending we’ve encountered in some time.”—Newsday
“Really one of those books that once started you won’t be able to put it down. You’ll tell yourself that it couldn’t happen here, but Joan Samson is such a skillful and convincing writer that it will hold you as spellbound as are the novel’s characters themselves.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Harrowing tensions explode in a series of events that could happen anywhere, to anyone, just as they do to John Moore—whose days of freedom run out, who is stripped of his possessions, his courage, and his hopes, by the ominous presence of an insidious stranger impossible to resist.
Published to wide acclaim in 1976, but almost neglected since then, The Auctioneer is a bona fide classic of American literature. The story of John Moore, his wife Mim, and his mother, it is a gripping tale of greed in a small town being quietly overrun by auctioneer Perly Dunsmore. Acclaimed by writers including Stephen King, and an influence on King’s Needful Things, The Auctioneer is here reprinted for the first time in thirty years.
Joan Samson (1937–1976) wrote The Auctioneer, her only novel, and was working on her second when she died of cancer.
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Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Millipede Press
ISBN 1933618205 ISBN13 9781933618203
Reviews - What do customers think about The Auctioneer?
I'd give it 6 stars Nov 3, 2005
They only let me give it 5 stars, so that's what I'm giving it. There's no product description on this book right now, so from the back cover : "Harrowing tensions explode in a series of events that could happen anywhere, to anyone, just as they do to John Moore - whose days of freedom run out, who is stripped of his possessions, his courage, and his hopes, by the ominous presence of a stranger impossible to resist."
On the acres outside Harlowe that have been owned by several generations of Moores, John and Mim take care of his mother, raise their daughter and live life close to the land they love. One Thursday, when the local law, a one-man force, comes calling for donations to an auction to benefit the police, they laugh but donate. The Auctioneer is Perly Dunsmore, a worldly man who suddenly descends on quiet, sleepy Harlowe. As Thursday after Thursday passes, the requests for donations turn to demands and Harlowe's police force grows along with the power Dunsmore has over the town. What the townspeople end up giving goes far beyond the old furniture and rusty tools of the first auction. How far they have to be pushed before they fight back will shock you.
This book is truly a horror story and, if you begin by thinking this sort of thing could never happen, as you read, you'll be shocked at how easily it unfolds. The cover says "soon to be a major motion picture" - I don't think that ever happened, but it would make a great movie!
the auctioneer Mar 9, 2005
I read this book about a year or so ago, and I still get upset when I think about it. I know some people that are like the ones in that little town, That would just sit and let things happen to them. Perfect example is, the Middle East, where the people there have let evil (Alchaida,and the Taliban)come and slowly take over until they became the law that everyone feared. I urge you to read this book, you will never forget it!
Could it happen today? Feb 8, 2004
Read this book, if you can find a copy. Buy a used copy, borrow it from someone, or obtain a copy of this book at your local library. It's a fairly fast read, and riveting. A novel, yes ... but you can't help but wonder, "Could it happen today? In the 21st Century?" I encourage high school English teachers to not only read this book, but find a way for their class to read it and discuss it. This book is (IMHO) a modern day classic. The implications, lessons, and warnings inherent in this story are applicable, even today ... decades after the story was set in a fictitious small town in New Hampshire in the late '60's. Topics that could be discussed and touched on are: bullies, extortion, and the expression: "All that is needed for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." For a good scare that will leave you pondering human nature: READ THIS BOOK!
shattering Aug 31, 2000
absoute evil,this book will slowly but surely curdle your blood.dynamite from start to finish,with an ending you will not forget.