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eBook Blood and Guile epub
  • ISBN: 006093705X
  • Author: William Hoffman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 2, 2001)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1681 kb
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Henry William Hoffman (May 16, 1925 – September 12, 2009) was an American writer who published thirteen novels and four books of short stories and two plays.

Henry William Hoffman (May 16, 1925 – September 12, 2009) was an American writer who published thirteen novels and four books of short stories and two plays. He was born he lived in West Virginia but spent his formative years in southwestern Virginia. William Hoffman was the recipient of the 1992 Dos Passos PrizeJohn Dos Passos Prize For Literature, an O'Henry for the sort story and a Dasheill Hammett award for his mystery writing. In 1996 he was awarded the O. Henry Prize

Blood and Guile" is a rather leisurely read; if you're expecting lots of action and thrills, you don't get them. Although Virginia writer William Hoffman has long enjoyed the enthusiastic approbation of critics, the popular success he richly deserves has been elusive

Blood and Guile" is a rather leisurely read; if you're expecting lots of action and thrills, you don't get them. However, Hoffman has a strong command of his environment, and even though there are many flaws in this why did they do it?, it's still worth reading. Four men go off hunting, and right away we find out that one of them has been killed in an unfortunate "accident. Although Virginia writer William Hoffman has long enjoyed the enthusiastic approbation of critics, the popular success he richly deserves has been elusive. Surely it will come with his superb 12th novel, Blood and Guile, a partial sequel to the equally laudatory Tidewater Blood (1998).

Blood and Guile is slow- moving, lacking dramatic tension despite a promising plot. Following the rousing Tidewater Blood (1998), Hoffman delivers another outstanding novel, which begins with a seemingly simple, albeit unfortunate, hunting accident. Hoffman, the prizewinning author of Tidewater Blood, has a deep affection for his landscape and obvious skill at limning it, but that's not quite enough to keep the reader slogging through. Walter B. Frampton II, the bemused, slightly effete yet dogged lawyer from the earlier novel, returns in this beautifully written, character-driven story of secrets and deceptions.

Evocative and suspenseful, Blood and Guile builds with a subtle force to expose the deepest desires buried . William Hoffman is the author of twelve novels as well as four short-story collections.

Evocative and suspenseful, Blood and Guile builds with a subtle force to expose the deepest desires buried in the hearts of me. His writing has won numerous awards, including the Andrew Lytle Prize, the Goodheart Prize, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the Hillsdale Foundation Fiction Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His short stories have been featured in Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories 1996.

William Hoffman, American Author. March 16, 1925 (age 84). Charleston, Kanawha County, United States of America. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he lived in Charlotte Court House, Virginia. Henry Prize.

Blood and guile : a novel. by. Hoffman, William, 1925-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. t on September 21, 2011.

Blood and Guile book. I really like William Hoffman's writing. This is the second book of his I've read, the other being Tidewater Blood. It is a mystery, but it isn't formulaic. It's a page turner but not in the sense that the action is breathtaking. It's a page turner because Hoffman's prose is so compelling. I want to read his next sentence, his descriptions of the West Virginia/Virginia country, his descriptions of the people. It's just such a pleasure to read such good writing - and to get a good story out of i I really like William Hoffman's writing.

Henry William Hoffman (May 16, 1925 – September 12, 2009) was an American writer who published thirteen novels and four books of short . In 1999 he received The Dashiell Hammett Award for the book Tidewater Blood. He wrote mysteries towards the end of his career. His finest novel, "The Trumpet Unblown" reflected his horrific experiences as a medic in World War II.

As the authorities build their case, Walter can no longer deny that all is not what it seems, and his trust in his friends slowly erodes.

William Hoffman (author). Tidewater Blood (1998). Blood and Guile (2000). Frank, William, ed. The Fictional World of William Hoffman. Henry William Hoffman (May 16, 1925 – September 12, 2009) was an American writer who published thirteen novels and four books of short stories. William Hoffman was the recipient of the 1992 John Dos Passos Prize For Literature. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2000.

Walter B. Frampton II, Esq., has never been a hunter like his forefathers or even his best friend, Drake Wingo. He'd rather be sipping sour mash whiskey and listening to Mozart. But when Drake and Cliff Dickens, another old friend, ask him along on a grouse-hunting trip, he decides to go. One ruffed grouse is already bagged when Walter and Drake hear three shots -- a distress signal -- from Cliff. The unthinkable has happened -- the fourth member of their group, a quiet, polite stranger who owns the land, has accidentally been shot and killed. But when the details don't quite add up, Walter begins to have his doubts: Was it and accident? Is his friend Cliff a muderer? As events begin to spin out of control, only Walter can find out what really happened that fateful day on the mountain ridge.

Comments: (5)
Anarawield
After Tidewater Blood, the first of William Hoffman's novels I read, I was primed to enjoy this new one. Sadly, Blood And Guile suffers from a too-languid pace that detracts from the plot line. The primary character, Walter Frampton, who stood as a fine piece of believable characterization in the previous book, comes across here as ineffectual, even dull in a doomed-romantic fashion. It's a pity, because this tale of a supposed hunting accident has possibilities that are never fully realized-all as a result of Frampton's failure to step off the pages as he did so compellingly in Tidewater Blood. Certainly, Blood And Guile is worth reading, but it's just not on the same level as the preceding book.
Eyalanev
"Blood and Guile" is a rather leisurely read; if you're expecting lots of action and thrills, you don't get them. However, Hoffman has a strong command of his environment, and even though there are many flaws in this why did they do it?, it's still worth reading.
Four men go off hunting, and right away we find out that one of them has been killed in an unfortunate "accident." Hoffman is to be commended for not making the West Virginia law enforcement the typical hillbilly buffoons. Bruce Sawyers is a modern, healthy, young efficient sheriff whose investigation leads to the possibility that the accident was indeed a murder.
Although Walter is certainly not the most stalwart of heroes, his emergence at the end makes up somewhat for this lack of bravado. Along the way, we meet some interesting characters including Phyllis Duke, a woman with a very strange history; Drake Wingo, the he-man hunter who has found his newfound "fame" pivotal in his decision making; Cliff Dickinson, a rather foppish artiste type who is the supposed murderer; and Boomer, a clerk at the Grizzly store whose brevity does not diminish his interest. Unfortunately, the main female focus is Josey, and she comes across as being rather selfish and uninteresting. The inclusion of the Prince from Arabia story only serves to slow down the otherwise engrossing story.
There aren't many surprises; you can pretty much figure out what is going on, but it doesn't dilute the quiet impact of this story. Drake's exposition while hunting in the last section is a hauntingly realistic expose on how we refuse to face the truth.
RECOMMENDED.
Steel balls
Narrator Walter "Raff" Frampton, a small-town Virginia lawyer, sets the tone in this fine Southern novel of buddies, secrets and death. Walter, a non hunter, is on a grouse hunt in the West Virginia mountains with two of his childhood buddies and a fourth man, the owner of the land - who ends up dead. Walter sees nothing to doubt in his friend Cliff's version of the accidental shooting but the country sheriff raises questions that culminate in Cliff's arrest.
A mild, correct man with social hankerings and a lonely but comfortable routine, Walter begins probing when his legal maneuvers fail. The real hunter of the group, Drake, brushes off his questions and Walter is wounded to discover Cliff confides more confidently in Drake than his lawyer.
The town's lofty pretensions and grubby secrets unfold as Walter doggedly pursues his case. A man who has invested his high opinion unwisely, reserving a low opinion for himself, Walter finds unsuspected reserves of quiet determination. Atmospheric, written with perfect pitch, Hoffman's ("Tidewater Blood") novel successfully combines literary themes with suspenseful pacing.
Kemath
Four men spend a weekend together, hunting in the West Virginia mountains. Three of the men are life-long buddies, one is an acquaintance - an outsider. A shooting accident while out hunting sees the outsider shot dead. The local sheriff is not inclined to believe that the shooting was an accident because the facts don't match the story. The story is told from the perspective of one of the three friends, Walter Frampton. He is a lawyer and is drawn into it both on a professional and personal level. He begins to realise that he didn't know his friends as well as he thought.
Once the excitement of the hunting accident passes, we seem to meander from scene to scene without achieving much. There is a side-story which doesn't have any bearing on the matter at hand and, ultimately does not resolve itself. Plotting for his next novel, perhaps? While interesting it loses momentum midway through, consequently my interest began to wane, I'm glad I borrowed this from the library, rather than bought it.
Undeyn
a level headed lawyer and his boyhood blood brothers go grouse hunting with a fundamentalist landowner who winds up shot dead. Pacing is deliberate, tone is southern colloquial. rich in setting and atmosphere.
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