No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy is a beautifully written story about the heartbreak of the innocent caught up in events beyond their control. Texas Sheriff Ed Tom Bell does his level best to stand between his people and the chaos of violence. He is getting on in years, a decorated veteran of WWII, and devoted to his wife; he believes in kindness and decency. Sheriff Bell is a good man and an able sheriff, but he is shocked by the violence of the drug trade fueled in the 1980s by customers north of the border and suppliers south. He is a brave man, unwilling to stand down when duty calls.
Llewelyn Moss is also a good man, a Vietnam veteran, and loving husband. He stumbles on the site of a massacre in a remote area. Several men are dead, one dying and begging for water. Moss, doesn’t have any with him, but returns with water for the dying man. A cache of drugs and money is discovered. Lots of money. Who wouldn’t be tempted? All that cash and nobody around to see who took it. Clearly it is from people who would not use the money for good purposes. So he grabs the cash and therein is his downfall.
It doesn’t take long for the drug dealer’s assassin, Chirgurh, to figure out who took the money. Moss runs The trail leads to Mexico. Sheriff Bell is after the bad guys. A classic tale of a good man trying to defeat the forces of evil, well worth reading.
— Deon Stonehouse
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines. No Country for Old Men is a triumph.
About the Author
Cormac McCarthy is the author of eight previous novels, and among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
“Profoundly disturbing and gorgeously renderedÉ. The most accessible of all his works.” –Washington Post“A narrative that rips along like hell on wheels [in a] race with the devil [on] a stage as big as Texas.” –The New York Times Book Review “Expertly staged and pitilessly lightedÉ. It feels like a genuine diagnosis of the postmillennial malady, a scary illumination of the oncoming darkness.” –Time“A cause for celebrationÉ. He is nothing less than our greatest living writer, and this is a novel that must be read and remembered.” –Houston Chronicle