"Where Trouble Sleeps," by Clyde Edgerton. Algonquin...

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October 05, 1997|By Wade Hall | Wade Hall,Knight-Ridder

"Where Trouble Sleeps," by Clyde Edgerton. Algonquin Books. 260 pages. $18.95. In 1950, Listre, N.C., is a decent little community. It's an ordinary Southern town of some 500 people, with several stores, a big Baptist church, a school, a barbershop and Train's Place (where men can drink beer). Life is not bad in Listre, until an outsider arrives and turns the town upside down.

This is the town "Where Trouble Sleeps," the title of the seventh novel by Clyde Edgerton, the nationally renowned North Carolina author. He shows again that he knows Southerners (especially Southern Baptists) as well as anyone and that he can write about them better than most.

He creates a wonderful gallery of comic characters. They are funny because they do and say what is natural.

This story is told in a series of vignettes that are juxtaposed like a quickly shifting movie. The descriptions of people and places are as authentic as the Walker Evans photograph on the dust jacket. But the voices make the book in dialogue, in chorus-like paragraphs, even in the narration.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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