In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given method to drug-runners and small towns have turn into free-fire zones.
One day, a just right old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still within the back. When Moss takes the cash, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that no longer even the law–within the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.
As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–specifically a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy concurrently strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient because the Bible and as bloodily recent as this morning’s headlines.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph.