Dry County

Jake Hinkson (Author)


In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, Weatherford's world is threatened when he's blackmailed by a former lover. Collecting the money the blackmailer demands will be a nearly impossible feat, especially over Easter weekend, when all eyes are on him. So Weatherford will have to turn to the darkest corners of their small town in a desperate attempt to keep his world from falling apart.

Exploring a divided country and a cracked fa ade through the alternating perspectives of Weatherford, his wife, his lover, and other town residents, Dry County is a powerful story about how far some will go to keep hold of all they know--and all that others think them to be.

Product Details

Price: $25.95  $23.36
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Published Date: October 01, 2019
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6.1 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 0.9 pounds
ISBN: 9781643132235
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About the Author

Jake Hinkson received an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington. His novel Hell on Church Street was awarded the French Prix Mystere de la Critique in 2016, and No Tomorrow was awarded the Grand Prix des Littératures Policieres in 2018. He now lives in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.


Desire, desperation, and despair collide in Jake Hinkson's bleakly imagined and perfectly rendered vision of small-town Arkansas. Religion, respectability, hope for the future--virtue is the flip side of vice and Hinkson drives that truth sharply home.--S. J. Rozan, bestselling author of 'Ghost Hero'
Set against the backdrop of the 2016 election, Hinkson's darkly satirical take on power and hypocrisy closes with a shocking but fitting twist.
Set in rural Arkansas, this unapologetically bleak noir explores the effects of existential and spiritual despair in an economically depressed town where the influence of religious fundamentalism is stifling. Powered by raw emotional intensity and a disturbingly realistic portrayal of small-town America, this story is unforgettable.-- (07/22/2019)
A day in a small town with big secrets is the setting for this perfect storm of a book. Jake Hinkson takes the reader on a white-knuckle ride in a world where good people have done bad things. I couldn't put it down.--Aoife Clifford, author of 'All These Perfect Strangers' and 'Second Sight'
Dry County is a hillbilly noir jewel. Jake Hinkson reveals the underbelly of small town life in this gritty thriller as he depicts the fall of a Southern preacher. An absorbing tale.--Nancy Allen, New York Times bestselling author
Dry County will hopefully earn Jake Hinkson the fanbase he deserves. He's subtle in his preciseness, revealing an evil that doesn't seem so threatening at first glance. By the time we've reached that last line, we've stared straight in the eye, and maybe chuckled.