The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

Title:The Devil All the Time
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385535045
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  • karen

    oh, great. another book i can never recommend to elizabeth...this book is vicious. understand that. this is a hyper-violent book, filled with completely unsavory characters in a filthy landscape where...

  • PirateSteve

    Donald Ray Pollock wrote this book using many characters, including preachers. There are at least three of'em in The Devil All The Time. One good old preacher is dying but won't admit it for nothing. ...

  • Paul Bryant

    UPDATEWell, finally the movie arrived (on Netflix) and it's.... just about adequate. Yeah, that good. I mean, everything is in place, kind of, (aside from Mr Robert Pattison, how did he get in there w...

  • Melissa

    This compelling piece of fiction, written with a deft hand, takes the cake for disturbing and depraved. Unwavering in his delivery, Donald Ray Pollock gives us a peek at the world, through the eyes of...

  • Larry

    Emphatic 5 star review! Chose to read this book as a long shot, based solely on the book description, and as a result of a recommendation to paperbackdreams YouTube channel - I am so glad I did! Total...

  • Richard Derus

    This review has been revised and can be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.2020 UPDATE The film's Netflix debut comes in September, and here's a taste of what's to come. (Please overlook the source...

  • Jennifer Masterson

    Every single star for this extremely dark and disturbing novel. Even though it took me a long time to finish, not once did I want to give up on it. I listened to the audio version. I think that the br...

  • BlackOxford

    Appalachian SpringCombine the Heartland evangelism of the Origin of the Brunists with the Appalachian haplessness of The Glass Castle, then season with a few homicides and sexual perversions as in Ame...

  • Robin

    Christ's image is everywhere - but the Devil's carnage is too, in this compulsively readable, blood-soaked thriller.Although he's less "artiste" than Flannery O'Connor and William Gay (the crowned Que...

  • James Thane

    This is a beautifully-written, captivating book about a number of mostly poverty-stricken rural characters, some of whom are down on their luck and others of whom are simply bad to the bone.Set in rur...