By Colin Winnette
No Exit Press, 2016
This story is told in the voice of a woman whose daughter has been abducted.
As she tells it, we learn all about her marriage, an abusive – reciprocally abusive, let us be plain about that – relationship, and come to realise the nature of the world into which her daughter was thrown. It is a fraught, mistrustful, edgy world; a claustrophobic purgatory where souls gleam darkly.
Throughout, it is the voice that holds you fast and Colin Winnette captures its despair and bewilderment and rage. As a writer he evokes Dennis Cooper, the Denis Johnson of Jesus’ Son, the inviolable truth of Breece D’J Pancake: he inhabits their America, he’s in that kind of league. For me, he was a real discovery.
Just thinking on the loss of a child: the consequences couldn’t be anything other than tragic and violent, and so it proves. Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return.
The publisher’s description of Coyote can be read here.