Monday, June 04, 2018

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers cover art
Eli and Charlie Sisters - known as the Sisters Brothers - are two killers for hire who are on the job looking for Hermann Kermit Warm. They don't know what he's done to anger the Commodore, but be that as it may, he must be killed. In his brother's eyes, Eli has chosen an inopportune moment to evaluate the morality of his job and who the Commodore really is. These hapless brothers stumble along, eliminating anyone who gets in their way, until they find their mark in San Francisco.

This sparse prose of this western reads like a Cormac McCarthy novel with an injection of dark humor. While this novel was certainly action-packed and plot driven, the western gold rush setting ended up being almost as interesting as the story. Patrick deWitt's quirky characters keep the reader laughing and even occasionally empathizing with the hired killers headlining the novel.

Check out "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick deWitt. You might also like these other darkly humorous works set in the Old West: "True Grit" by Charles Portis and "The Hawkline Monster" by Richard Broutigan. Prefer your westerns on the bleak side? Check out "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy.

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