Hell At The Breech: A Novel

Paperback | December 16, 2003

byTom Franklin

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In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends -- —mostly poor cotton farmers -- form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe responsible. The hooded members wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates in a massacre where the innocent suffer alongside the guilty. Caught in the maelstrom of the Mitcham war are four people: the aging sheriff sympathetic to both sides; the widowed midwife who delivered nearly every member of Hell-at-the-Breech; a ruthless detective who wages his own war against the gang; and a young store clerk who harbors a terrible secret.

Based on incidents that occurred a few miles from the author's childhood home, Hell at the Breech chronicles the events of dark days that led the people involved to discover their capacity for good, evil, or for both.

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In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends -- —mostly poor cotton farmers -- form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe responsible. The hooded members wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates ...

In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends -- ?mostly poor cotton farmers -- form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe responsible. The hooded members wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:December 16, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060566760

ISBN - 13:9780060566760

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“A work of historical fiction that evocatively captures the tensions of the post-Civil War-South…Filled with an almost Faulknrian sense of the darkest recesses of the human spirit, Hell at the Breech is also a beautifully crafted homage not just to the men who prevail but also to the world in which they live.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)