In this novel of social drama, a casual murder in the small Georgia town of Cotton Point just after World War II and the resulting court case cleave open the ugly divisions of race and class. The man accused of shooting a black girl, a storekeeper named Paris Trout, has no great feeling of guilt, nor fear that the system will fail to work his way. Trout becomes an embarrassment to the polite white society that prefers to hold itself high above such primitive prejudice. But the trial does not allow any hiding from the stark reality of social and racial tensions. Dexter, a former newspaper columnist, is also the author of Deadwood and God's Pocket. Paris Trout won the 1988 National Book Award.
In what PW described as "an expertly crafted and bleakly fascinating tale of social conflict and madness in the deep South," the eponymous protagonist of this National Book Award-winning novel murders a black child while collecting a debt and is astounded that he is prosecuted for the crime. 50,000 first printing .
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The tale is nasty, but the writing is good. I read this book very quickly - I was pulled in by the characters and their actions. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by madcarrot
This book is about a truly evil person- PARIS TROUT- and the collection of misfit's and sad people he affect's. Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by T. Corbett
Sorry, but while Paris Trout may have been well written, realistic characterization, etc., I must say it had one of the most gruesome scenes of cruelty I've ever had the misfortune... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Amy Bussler
I have to agree with the reviewer from Yuba City. After finishing this novel I was also surprised that it had won the National Book Award. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002
Paris Trout is a finely wrought and masterfully crafted book. Mr. Dexter leads us, knowingly, to places that we don't want to visit. This book is as raw as it gets. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2000 by Lee C. Houck
In the mood for a nice little murder story? Well, don't look here. This tale of murder is as bad as they come; there is no subtlety, no ironically cute plot twists. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2000 by marge
Paris Trout is a man who sees his life deteriorate after murdering a young black girl in the South. The book swells with suspense, characterization, believable dialogue, and yes,... Read morePublished on Dec 25 1999
One of the best contemporary American fiction books I've read in a while. Powerful and suspenseful ... Read morePublished on July 13 1999 by J. F Malysiak