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Book Review: The Ploughmen

By Dr. Teri Stockham

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The Ploughmen

By Kim Zupan
Henry Holt (2014)
 

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The Ploughmen is a novel about two men — a killer awaiting trial for a brutal murder and a young sheriff’s deputy. The deputy works the over-night shift and is assigned to sit outside the killer’s cell night after night in the hope of extracting information of additional crimes in the old man’s long career. What begins as small talk deepens into shared confidences and ends with an interesting twist in which the killer puts the deputy into an untenable position. Along with this twist comes one last confession of several murders.

Both men are haunted by experiences from troubled boyhoods, which build a kindredship between them as they converse even though they chose completely opposite life paths. It is interesting how the old man teaches the young deputy how the world works by using his confessions of past crimes. He is able to make the point that in any line of work or with any group of people — whether it be thieves or

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