Book Club: Roger Pinkney debuts "Washed in the Blood"
By Robin Gibson
So prolific is his voice as a Southern writer that one reader describes him as "one of the most distinct American literary voices since William Faulkner.”
Roger Pinkney, author of"Reefer Moon"and"Blow the Man Down,"is back with a new novel,"Washed in the Blood."The press release from his publisher,Evening Post Books,calls it "a wild and muddy romp through the South Carolina Lowcountry, a compelling tale and an unforgettable read."
The imprint is a division ofEvening Post Publishing Company,publisher ofThe Post and Couriernewspaper, that focuses on stories told from a Southern perspective. A native of Beaufort who resides on remote Daufuskie Island, Pinkney is no stranger to that perspective or the novel's setting. So prolific is his voice as a Southern writer that one reader describes him as "one of the most distinct American literary voices since William Faulkner.” This marks the fifteenth book in a long list of titles that include fiction and nonfiction.
"Washed in the Blood" tells the story of Rut: William Rutledge Elliot IV, an almost born-again Baptist lying low on a remote island, skippering a seepy old freight barge and growing high-quality marijuana for a discerning clientele. While his chosen occupations are perilous, his life is peaceful and predictable until he discovers a strange track in an abandoned rice field, that of an animal officially “extinct” for over a century. Ridiculed and rebuffed by Department of Natural Resources biologists and wardens, Rut seeks the truth. But instead of setting him free, as the Good Book says, the truth sends him to jail. But there are compensations: good whiskey, good smoke, and an unlikely romance with the lovely Charlotte Callahan, one of the state’s first female game wardens.
A native of Beaufort who resides on remote Daufuskie Island, Pinkney is no stranger to that perspective or the novel's setting.
How does the adventure end for Rut? Read the book and find out. It is available in hardcover for $24.95 in area bookstores and online at EveningPostBooks.