#6 No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.
What things do I most look for in a novel? Strong dialogue, a clear writing style, interesting characters, a story that grabs me and won't let go and more generally something that will invoke in me an emotional reaction. This novel has all of these things and is one of the reasons that right now Cormac McCarthy is probably my favourite novelist.
The story is about a man who is hunting one day and stumbles on the viscera of a drug deal gone wrong out in the open plain. While searching the site he retrieves a large suitcase of money and runs away. This leads to a hitman being hired to hunt the man down and the police, led by the local sheriff, hunting both men. The story is told from the interweaving perspectives of these three characters and I found it to be continually entertaining and engaging. It's one of my favourite novels.
My rating: 9.2/10.
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