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The Devil Himself by Peter Farris






About The Devil Himself


Southern Noir at its finest, The Devil Himself, sizzles with page-burning suspense and bewitching characters. Deep in the forest of South Georgia, barely eighteen-year-old Maya narrowly escapes a savage end. The victim of a vast human trafficking operation managed out of Mexico, Maya had the misfortune to discover the dark plans of a high-ranking client. Her fate seemed sealed, until Leonard Moye, a lonely eccentric who tolerates no one on his land, takes the young woman under his protection. Both having lived lives that have left deep scars, each consumed by anger, they soon develop a bond that makes them, as a pair, a formidable foe, even for hardened criminals and professional scumbags. Maya knows too much and the old man lives on land in the crosshairs of narco machinations. As the heavies seek to finish the job, they find they may be no match for the resourcefulness of a disturbed old man and a cunning young woman.

Written with a skilled combination of breakneck pace and mind-searing detail, Farris has created a wicked and compassionate novel of redemption.

First published in France with enormous critical acclaim and winning multiple literary awards, The Devil Himself will mark Peter Farris as a major crime writer in America as well.



Praise For The Devil Himself


“[A] riveting crime novel…Narrow escapes, violent encounters, and deep Southern culture shape this into an exciting tale. Noir fans will be well satisfied.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Learn for yourself what French readers have known for a while now: Peter Farris is a master of hard-nosed Southern noir, a true heir to Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and Tom Franklin. The Devil Himself thunders off the page with beautiful writing and a killer sense of place. It’s urgent, triumphant, and unflinching.”
— William Boyle, author of Shoot the Moonlight Out and City of Margins

The Devil Himself is a sharp take on a southern gothic fairytale — extra dark and cathartic, just the way I like them.”
—Louisa Luna, author Two Girls Down and the Alice Vega novels

“This is The Good the Bad and the Ugly on nitrous, Peter Farris has written a southern gothic barn-burner, when an aging ex-moonshiner becomes the protector of a young harlot who holds dirt on a local politician, a host of dirty cops and his enforcers bring an avalanche of violence to end her life, as the story deepens so do the plot twists and dark secrets in this epic tale of greed, drug running, redemption and justice.”
—Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana, Donnybrook, The Savage and Back to the Dirt

“It’s fair to say Farris was one of my original inspirations to become a writer. His follow up, The Devil Himself, and his latest novel The Clay Eaters has made Farris an award-winning household name in France and remains to this day one of the single best crime writers I’ve ever read.”
—Brian Panowich, bestselling author of Bull Mountain, Like Lions, and Hard Cash Valley

“A novel of uncompromising power.”
—Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike, Cry Father, and Evasion

“Arid lands, loneliness, a strange friendship, Peter Farris’ second novel gives life to a singular world. Part Steinbeck in his way of associating misery and the beauty of the world, and like Lehane as a truth-teller for lost souls.”
—Julie Malaure, LE POINT

“The environment and the atmosphere are vital to the novel…with The Devil Himself, Peter Farris gives us a one-way ticket to south Georgia.”
—Pascale Frey, ELLE

“A tough, dirty, thrilling page-turner.”
—Marie Bronzini, FRANCE BLUE

“Peter Farris, with his hard-hitting writing, has found his place among the elite of the current noir landscape.”
—Yan Lespoux, MARIANNE

“From the very first page Farris sets the tone for a pulsing novel, a blaze akin to Jim Thompson and Larry Brown. The Devil Himself is a radical southern noir set to an infernal tempo.”
—Philippe Blanchet, ROLLING STONE

“It’s pure noir, modern, contemporary, effective, with superb characters and plot.”
—Michel Dufranne, RTBF – LIVRéS à DOMICILE

The Devil Himself is a treat to the noir genre.”

“A violent and intense thriller.”

“We discover a beautiful friendship is at the heart of the novel, full of humanity yet nourished by violence.”

“A dark yet captivating story of redemption.”

“A great noir worth devouring!”

“Very quickly we find ourselves bewitched by this “Devil”…a wild, enjoyable novel!”
—Olivier Bureau, LE PARISIEN

“Peter Farris delivers a thrilling portrait of a violent and corrupt America.”

“With The Devil Himself, a powerful pen is born.”
—Anne Lessard, LE TELEGRAM

“The coup de force of Gallmeister’s Neo-Noir collection, probing a wild, greedy and baroque America.”
—Francois Angelier, FRANCE CULTURE

“A novel of magnetic force.”



Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 06 April 2022