August Book Club Selection: 'A Swollen Red Sun' by Matthew McBride

LitReactor Book Club

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For August we will be reading and discussing A Swollen Red Sun by Matthew McBride.

Synopsis: In Gasconade County, Missouri—once called the meth capital of the world—Deputy Sherriff Dale Banks discovers $52,000 hidden in the broken-down trailer that Jerry Dean Skaggs uses for cooking crystal. And he takes it. Banks knows what he did was wrong, but he did it for all the right reasons. At least, he thinks so. But for every wrong, there is a consequence.

Jerry Dean can’t afford to lose that $52,000—he owes it to his partners and to a crooked cop. He also can’t afford to disappoint the crazed and fearsome Reverend Butch Pogue, who is expecting Jerry Dean to deliver the chemicals the reverend needs for his next batch of meth. To avoid the holy man’s wrath, Jerry Dean sets in motion a series of events that will threaten Banks’s family, his life, and everything he thinks he knows about the world.

Author: Matthew McBride is a former assembly-line worker living in rural Missouri. In his words, “These people are the people I know and see every day, and this is the world I know.” He is also the author of the cult hit Frank Sinatra in a Blender. His short stories have been published in places like THUGLIT, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and the Noir At The Bar anthologies I and II.


Discussion for A Swollen Red Sun will kick off on August 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our July Book Club selection, Toxicity, by Max Booth III, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Author: Matthew McBride
Price: $13.39
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 254 pages
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