Pete Dexter ~ Paper Trails

just finished reading Pete Dexter’s Paper Trails, subtitled: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage
i’ve read all his novels memorable among them Train, Paris Trout and Deadwood (yup, the basis for the HBO series for which they conveniently forgot his masterful source novel; assholes; crooks)
a collection of his short newspaper columns from the Philadelphia Inquirer over many years, these are each and all gems evoking tears and laughter in equal and deep measure, and exemplars of the most incisive and precise writing in the English language.
this is as good a place as any to begin your Peter Dexter obsession.

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