The life and times of Florida frontiersman E.J. Watson are meticulously chronicled in Matthiessen's National Book Awardwinning masterpiece. Combining three novels in one, the book follows Watson from his early years to his bloody demise, as recounted by his family and friends. The story is brought to life by the gifted Heald, who creates a cosmos of compelling characters, each as believable as the last, and imbues the environment with an atmosphere of chilling menace. Despite the book's sprawling length, readers will be hooked by this magnificent listening experience. ""A Modern Library hardcover. (Nov.)"" .