“I was reaching for my pistol when Charlie stepped from behind a tree and casually shot the prospector as he ran past. It was a head shot, which took the back off his skull like a cap in the wind. I dismounted and limped over to the twitching body. My leg was stinging terribly and I was possessed with a rage.”
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is a western about about two infamous hitmen brothers named Charlie and Eli Sisters (the Sisters brothers….get it?) who are ordered by their boss to travel to San Francisco to kill a guy.
Told from the first-person point-of-view of one of the brothers, this disturbingly violent, darkly funny road trip story feels like a Coen Brothers movie populated by the insane side characters of Red Dead Redemption. The dialogue and events are realistic, but with just a touch of the absurd to even the most seemingly mundane interactions. There is a propulsive, cinematic pace to the action, with the brothers dealing with some obstacle (usually violently) every short chapter, typically while bickering with each other.