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One Mile Past Dangerous Curve: A Novel
by Darrell Spencer
University of Michigan Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-472-11472-6 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02148-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3569.P446O54 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

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Praise for One Mile Past Dangerous Curve:

"This book aims to be about the best of us as it shows us at our least. Thank goodness for Darrell Spencer, the only writer in America to be trusted on the subjects of faith, love, weal and woe."
---Lee K. Abbott

" . . . absolutely dire and dear, his best book, a novel about American life right now. . . . this book is accurate, acerbic, and heartfelt at once."
---Ron Carlson

Praise for Darrell Spencer:

"Mr. Spencer's writing crackles with freshness and lucidity, featuring characters who slide into one another in random encounters and relationships."
---New York Times Book Review

"[Spencer] possesses a remarkable ear for the cadence of everyday speech."
---Michael Chabon


From the acclaimed author of Caution: Men in Trees and A Woman Packing a Pistol comes a tale of kinship, love, and lawlessness.

One Mile Past Dangerous Curve is the story of the Dancers---a family on the verge of collapse. Glen Dancer has come to Ohio to set up another in a series of Snapper franchises. But in the midst of construction, Glen finds himself fighting a painful and futile battle with cancer.

His son Eddie, recently divorced, moves from Las Vegas to help. A sign painter by trade, Eddie finds only intermittent work in town until the day a mysterious and wealthy businessman commissions a series of twenty road signs, each different, all featuring odd, cryptic messages. It is on a back-country road, where Eddie has gone to assemble one of the signs, that some previously vague threats become concrete.

Though Eddie doesn't know it, the neighboring woods hide a secret, a secret that a gun-toting rural gang wants to keep at any cost.

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