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In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends —mostly poor cotton farmers— form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to seek vengeance against the wealthy land barons they believe responsible.


This immensely accomplished novel by the author of the Edgar Award–winning short story collection Poachers is based on a real-life feud in the 1890s that pitted the underclass—poor, mostly white sharecroppers—of Clarke County, Alabama, against the land-owning gentry who could and did control their fate. But that simple summary does not do justice to the complex and incredibly violent events that shook the community. —PW

The true story of the Hell-at-the-Breech gang by award-winning author Tom Franklin has been called “Cold Mountain but better” by The Independent, “gripping” by The Guardian, “suspenseful” by The New York Times, and Variety reports it as a “gritty Southern Gothic series”.

This episodic series harnesses the historical crime thriller’s true story of a bloody feud that blurs the lines between heroes and villains.

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