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Hell at the Breech

A Novel


 On Sale: 04/12/2003
 Formats:     Trade paperback
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In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends -- —mostly poor cotton farmers -- form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe responsible. The hooded members wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates in a massacre where the innocent suffer alongside the guilty. Caught in the maelstrom of the Mitcham war are four people: the aging sheriff sympathetic to both sides; the widowed midwife who delivered nearly every member of Hell-at-the-Breech; a ruthless detective who wages his own war against the gang; and a young store clerk who harbors a terrible secret.

Based on incidents that occurred a few miles from the author's childhood home, Hell at the Breech chronicles the events of dark days that led the people involved to discover their capacity for good, evil, or for both.


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Critical Praise for Hell at the Breech

“Beautifully written and potent…Franklin’s pungent rendering of place and character, his perfect selection of the convincing detail, is what makes his work so compelling. He knows the grit, detritus and psychology of life in the rural world, is utterly convincing in his renditions of violence, yet responds to nature with near poetry of appreciation. In this powerful novel Franklin shows that though he has learned well from splendid sources he has become something of his own, and Hell at the Breech is the proof.”
— Washington Post Book World

ISBN: 9780060566760; ISBN10: 0060566760; Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks ; On Sale: 04/12/2003; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 5 5/16 x 8; Pages: 368; $16.99; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:FIC014000

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