Not since James Dickey's classic "Deliverance" has a novel succeeded in capturing the violent and beautiful world of the river and those who dare to travel its turbulent waters. In "The Hookmen," nineteen-year-old Roy Cruz, struggling to care for his alcoholic father, takes a dangerous job with the forest service to make ends meet. He becomes a "hookman," learning the grim craft of searching for the drowned and dragging them from their water grave with metal hooks. As he attempts to navigate the treacherous rapids in the high mountain canyons of Southern California's rugged Kern River, Cruz also tries to salvage his doomed relationship with his father. Exploring the world of male initiation and ritual, it creates a razor-sharp portrait of a young man coming to terms with the natural forces around him.
This paperback book is in near new condition with light shelf wear. No marks or creases.