Daniel Woodrell's tale, set deep in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, tells the story of the Dolly clan.
Read by Kerry Shale. Jessop is in and out of prison for cooking crystal meths.
His 16-year-old daughter Ree tries to keep the family together in his absence, looking after her two young brothers and a mother who has lost her mind.
When Ree discovers that her father has put their house up for bond, and it doesn't look as if he'll be making his latest court date, she sets out to find him.
Ree is horrified to discover that the family could lose their home if her father doesn't make his latest court hearing.
But it seems that nobody is prepared to talk to her, let alone help her to find Jessop.
Suspicious at the ominous silence surrounding her father's disappearance, Ree suspects that he is dead.
But she still has to prove it in order to release her family from the threat of losing their house, which has been put up as a bail bond.
She decides to go and see the feared Thump Milton.
Appalled by her treatment at the hands of the Milton women, Ree's Uncle Teardrop has finally offered to help her, though he makes her promise not to tell him the identity of the man who killed his brother if she finds out.