Praise for South, America

  • Review of South, America by The Texas Observer

    August 28, 2014

    “Lawd aw’mighty, it’s a relief to read a recently written novel set in New Orleans before Katrina. Author Rod Davis’ protagonist Jack Prine … is not quite as hard-boiled as, say, Mike Hammer, but he’s definitely been on the griddle a few minutes past over-medium. There is much here that brings to mind the Dave Robicheaux novels of James Lee Burke, and Burke’s norteamericano version of magical realism….For readers’ sakes, if not for Prine’s, I sincerely hope those sequels are on the way.”

    –Jim Sherman, The Texas Observer

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  • Review of South, America by The Dallas Morning News

    June 8, 2014

    “Author Rod Davis had me right from the start of his new novel, South, America. By the way, don’t miss the comma in the title. That pause is important. Davis sets a lively pace…Throw in some voodoo, the mob, race relations in the pre-Katrina South (the book is set in 2000), as well as some classic and modern art, and you have a recipe for a good page-turner.”

    –Gary Jacobson, The Dallas Morning News

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  • Review of South, America by San Antonio Express-News

    July 11, 2014

    “…suspense and drama in this gritty volume of Southern noir….The backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans is perfect for this novel. Davis paints it in tones that show an abiding admiration for the place and its people, and a respect for its enigmatic beauty.”

    —Yvette Benavides, San Antonio Express-News

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  • Review of South, America by The Austin Chronicle

    July 4, 2014

    “Rod Davis’ new thriller is labeled ‘A Jack Prine Novel,’ and introduces its world-weary hero, savvy and muscular enough to carry on his back what promises to be an engaging Southern noir series… Like the coy comma in the book’s title that redetermines its meaning, the novel proceeds by indirection and sly tangent, through sudden explosions of violence into meditations on Southern history and its persistent burdens on the present.”

    —Mike King, The Austin Chronicle

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  • Review of South, America by Southern Literary Review

    October 30, 2013

    “What Rod Davis tackles masterfully in this faux hard-boiled mystery is the capturing in a simple plot of murder, investigation, solution, and deserved punishment of the essential truths of what it is to be born, nurtured, schooled, and acclimated to existence in the American South. The issues he presents in riveting prose edged with darkness and dread are what Faulkner, Welty, O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, and a host of other writers of fiction, major and minor, have addressed. What does it mean to say South? What does it mean to say America.”

    —Gerald Duff, The Southern Literary Review

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