More literary praise: The Four Stages of Cruelty


Earlier today I mentioned author John Reimringer’s book “Vestments” was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2010.

Well, he’s not the only St. Paul author on the list.

Keith Hollihan was also called out for his book “The Four Stages of Cruelty.”

Set in a maximum security prison in the Midwest, the story revolves around the relationship between a female corrections officer and a young male inmate serving a lengthy sentence for murder.

Publishers Weekly writes “Hollihan combines a labyrinthine plot with a nuanced, character-driven narrative that provides insights into prison life in his impressive debut.”

Published by Thomas Dunne Books, Four Stages of Cruelty is due in stores December 7.

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