Butades by T.P. Sweeney
A series of murders breaks the dusty silence of a small rural town. Butades, the town’s resident artist, is given the job of drawing lines around the bodies. Without motive or suspect, and with the death count mounting, the Police Chief becomes unhinged, and events lead to a Kafkaesque impasse where no one remains free of suspicion.
“A crime story that reads like a collaboration between James Ellroy, Borges and David Lynch: hot, dusty, slippery and smart. A meditation on the meaning of art and stories, life and death, isolation and connection. Like Butades herself, this book has secrets.” — Dylan Horrocks
“A remarkable book, stylistically assured, layered, vivid.” — Ian Wedde