Baker & Taylor
Continues the saga of anti-hero E.J. Watson, an entrepreneurial sugar cane farmer in the Everglades, exile in Indian territory, devoted husband, distant father, and allegedly, a cold-blooded killer
Blackwell North Amer
In Killing Mister Watson, Peter Matthiessen re-created the life of the legendary E.J. Watson, who was gunned down by a posse of fearful neighbors before World War I. In his sequel, Lost Man's River, Matthiessen returned us to the lawless frontier of the Florida Everglades, where Watson's son Lucius sought to untangle the knot of truth and lies surrounding his notorious father and his strange death. And now, in Bone by Bone, the story unfolds in its final form, in the voice of the enigmatic Mister Watson himself.
From his early days as an impoverished child of the Reconstruction era, through the unjust loss of his inherited plantation, to his bloody death in front of his loving wife and children, E.J. Watson was capable of vision and ingenuity, mercy and courage, and sudden, astonishing violence. He was an entrepreneurial sugarcane farmer in the uncharted waterways of the Everglades, an exile in the Indian territories, a devoted father, and, allegedly, the killer of numerous men. He was forced to flee home and family time after time.
In Bone by Bone, Peter Matthiessen has laid bare the humanity at the heart of a dangerous and controversial figure and, in doing so, has added to our understanding of the abiding mystery of human nature.
The conclusion of the Watson trilogy continues the saga of anti-hero E. J. Watson, an entrepreneurial sugar-cane farmer in the Everglades, exile in Indian territory, devoted husband, distant father, and, allegedly, a cold-blooded killer. 40,000 first printing.