John Hawkes — The Lime Twig
An English horse race, the Golden Bowl at Aldington, provides the background for John Hawkes’ exciting novel, The Lime Twig, which tells of an ingenious plot to steal and race a horse under a false name. But it would be unfair to the reader to reveal what happens when a gang of professional crooks gets wind of the scheme and moves to muscle in on this bettors’ dream of a long-odds situation.
Worked out with all the meticulous detail, terror, and suspense of a nightmare, the tale is, on one level, comparable to a Graham Greene thriller; on another, it explores a group of people, their relationships, fears, and loves. For as Leslie A.Fiedler says in his introduction, “John Hawkes. . makes terror rather than love the center of his work, knowing all the while, of course, that there can be no terror without the hope for love and love’s defeat. . ” “The ‘Lime Twig’ is one of the most perfect novels of the 60’s, a masterwork of the bizarre, made like a poem so that every word resonates mystery and meaning forward and backward as the story moves”.