They Dont Dance Much



They Dont Dance Much In This Classic Country Noir, Featuring A New Introduction By Daniel Woodrell, A Small Town Farmer Takes A Job At A Roadhouse, Where Unbridled Greed Leads To A Brutal Murder Jack McDonald Is Barely A Farmer Boll Weevils Have Devoured His Cotton Crop, His Chickens Have Stopped Laying Eggs, And Everything He Owns Is Mortgaged Even His Cow He Has No Money, No Prospects, And Nothing To Do But Hang Around Filling Stations, Wondering Where His Next Drink Will Come From As Far As Hooch Goes, There S No Place Like Smut Milligan S, Where Breath Of Spring Moonshine Sells For A Dollar A Pint A Bootlegger With An Entrepreneurial Spirit, Milligan Has Plans To Open A Roadhouse, And He Asks Jack To Run The Till The Music Will Be Hot, The Liquor Cheap, And The Clientele Rough But The Only Thing Stronger Than Milligan S Hooch Is His Greed, And Jack Is Slowly Drawn Into The Middle Of Smut S Dalliances With A Married Woman, The Machinations Of Corrupt Town Officials And A Savage Act Of Murder.

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • They Dont Dance Much
  • James Ross
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 1453296204

10 thoughts on “They Dont Dance Much

  1. James Thane says:

    This Depression era novel quickly sank from view when it was first published in 1940 A new edition was released in 1975, with an introduction by George V Higgins, a crime novelist who was then at the peak of his career But even with his endorsement, the book was still little noticed Perhaps the third time will be the charm and the book has now been re released with an introduction by Daniel Woodrell, a great writer perhaps best known for his book, Winter s Bone.The main protagonist is a Nort This Depression era novel quickly sank from view when it was first published in 1940 A new edition was released in 1975, with an introduction by George V Higgins, a crime novelist who was then at the peak of his career But even with his endorsement, the bo...

  2. Melki says:

    A murder s a bad thing Here I was mixed up in one and it looked like experience was all I was going to get out of it Smut Milligan is a bootlegger who opens a roadhouse, and finds himself drowning in debt Creditors are closing in and he stands to lose it all But, waitthere s a rumor that one of his customers keeps a large stash of money hidden somewhere on his property So, Smut takes his trustiest employee, Jack McDonald, along to pay the man a visit It turns out to be a very unsocialA murder s a bad thing Here I was mixed up in one and it looked like experience was all I was going to get out of it Smut Milligan is a bootlegger who opens a roadhouse, and finds himself drowning in debt Creditors are closing in and he stands to lose it all But, waitthere s a rumor that one of his customers keeps a large stash of money hidden somewhere on his property So, Smut takes his trustiest employee, Jack McDonald, along to pay the man a visit It turns out to be a very unsocial call, and soon...

  3. Still says:

    Just finished this novel moments ago and I m feeling pretty much pole axed by the quality of the writing and the stunning and beautifully written ending It s a cross between James M Cain and William Faulkner Naaaaahhh, not Faulkner Not really.It s in a league of its own.It s tough and it s hardboiled and a richly rewarding read.If you re a fan of Country Noir you owe it to yourself to read this.I m going to have to cogitate on this one a while.Might try to write acoherent review of thi Just finished this novel moments ago and I m feeling pretty much pole axed by the quality of the writing and the stunning and beautifully written ending ...

  4. Laura says:

    I found that the book had a slow start but picked up about half way through I liked how the narrator started the book the same way that he ended the book..with pretty much nothing He played his role well The stuff in between held my attention causing me to think maybe things might work out for the narrator Also, for a book written in 1940 I thought it was a pretty good little novel with some well placed surprises This book is full of characters that are never going anywhere and excel in I found that the book had a slow start but picked up about half way through I liked how the narrator started the book the same way that he ended the book..with pretty much nothing He playe...

  5. Rog Pile says:

    James Ross 1911 1990 , said by William Gay to be the man who invented Southern noir, wrote only one novel, They Don t Dance Much The story is set in a North Carolina backwoods town, in the Depression years, and as the story opens, the narrator Jack Macdonald has just lost his farm through non payment of taxes Jack spends a lot of his time hanging around the garage and roadside store run by his friend Smuts Milligan Smuts has some big plans for the store, and soon Jack is working for him a James Ross 1911 1990 , said by William Gay to be the man who invented Southern noir, wrote only one novel, They Don t Dance Much The story is set in a North Carolina backwoods town, in the Depression years, and as the story opens, the narrator Jack Macdonald has just lost his farm through non payment of ta...

  6. Zoeytron says:

    Originally published in 1940, this down and dirty tale of murder and mayhem is well deserving of a second publishing It is labeled as country noir, which is spot on interesting that the term probably wasn t even around when it was written I keep wanting to refer to it as a potboiler, but it is so much better than that With the name of Smut Milligan, you just know the guy is going to be a mighty unsavory individual Yep, he is Any idea about someone who is called Badeye Honeycutt As you mig Originally published in 1940, this down and dirty tale of murder and mayhem is well deserving of a second publishing It is labeled as country noir, which is spot on interesting that the term probably wasn t even around when it was written I keep wanting to refer to it as a potboiler, but it is so much better than that With the name of Smut Milligan, you just know the guy is going to be a mighty unsavory individual Yep, he is Any idea about someone who is called Badeye Honeycutt As you might guess, this fellow has a glass eye that either doesn t fit quite right or is slightly cocked Sad to say, Badeye s good eye is also slightly cocked You can take it from there Nuances fall by the wayside here, the author pulls no punches with the unforgiving nicknames of his characters and they are fun Mean, but fun Slop Face for a pimpl...

  7. sappho_reader says:

    I read the introduction by Daniel Woodrell first, then read the book itself, then went back to the introduction again and reread it I wanted to understand exactly why Woodrell praises this book so much I m not so sure about this one My main objection was the narrator Jack Although he thought he knew what was going on in that roadhouse he was actually pretty slow to put one and one together I also thought that the relationship between Jack and Smut after the crime was committed was odd and n I rea...

  8. Guy says:

    The Riverbend Roadhouse Dine and dance Drink liquor and make love Slot machines and high dice Name your sin and your favorite utensils We ll have it Originally published in 1940, They Don t Dance Much by James Ross is back in print again thanks to Mysterious Press James Ross, who died in 1990, published just one novel and a few short sto...

  9. James says:

    Set deep in the south during the Great Depression with a wide cast of believable, rough and tumble characters, James Ross They Don t Dance Much is almost Shakespearian in its exposure of the darkness of the human soul, combining the best elements of Raymond Chandler, Flannery O Connor, James M Cain, Jim Thompson, and even hints of William Faulkner s Southern Gothic aesthetics.People may not often hear Ross name beside the likes of these writers, but they should, because James Ross is at least Set deep in the south during the Great Depression with a wide cast of believable, rough and tumble characters, James Ross They Don t Dance Much is almost Shakespearian in its exposure of the darkness of the human soul, combining the best elements of Raymond Chandler, Flannery O Connor, James M Cain, Jim Thompson, and even hints of ...

  10. Lee Razer says:

    Set in rural 1930s North Carolina at a highway roadhouse of low repute, this novel first published in 1940 has been getting some buzz as the place where country noir began and which was promptly lost the book never sold well I approached it expecting a good deal of almost over the top violence, but that is an improper modern frame to bring to it There is violence, and a bit of gore, but Ross metes it out measured and dry There is not the sense that he s trying to shock you and provide voye Set in rural 1930s North Carolina at a highway roadhouse of low repute, this novel first published in 1940 has been getting some buzz as the place where country noir began and which was promptly lost the...

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