• Hell at the Breech

  • By: Tom Franklin
  • Narrated by: Larry Pine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Sandi Ault (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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Pull up them breeches, son

This novel transports you to the turn of the 20th century (late 1890s) in backwoods lower Alabama in a story of a small-time alcoholic sheriff, a borderline psychopath vigilante, a recently-rich redneck with daddy issues on an ego trip and a class conflict involving a gang of country rubes who don't care for them cityfolk from Grove Hill.

All started by a teenage boy who fancied a bite of the forbidden fruit and, as a consequence, made a mistake with such far-reaching, dreadful consequences.

It's really good but it never grabbed hold of me.

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Told in a terrific Southern style

Great story connecting with the attitudes and emotions of the two size of a local war between classes and a sherif in the middle. Amazing character building and terrific story telling.

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Interest holder !!!!

Really great southern book that held my interest through the entire story. Narration was as good as I’ve ever experienced…. Thanks

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Well written, but violent

There is a tremendous amount of killing of people and animals in this book, but it is well crafted and skillfully worded.