Patrick de Witt’s dazzlingly original novel is a darkly funny, offbeat Western about a reluctant assassin and his murderous brother.

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, Charlie makes a lot of money and shoots anyone who stands in his way; Eli doubts his vocation and falls in love. And they bicker constantly. When the brothers get to California, they discover that Warm is an inventor who has come up with a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is strange, sad and utterly gripping.

The Man Booker Prize 2011
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Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt

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Patrick deWitt’s writing career began when he published a short book of ‘random writings and bad advice’, called Help Yourself Help Yourself.
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