Library Director Will Adamczyk will hold his "Eclectic Book Group" this evening. The book to be read in advance is Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth (c2018). An epic tale of revenge and survival, this work of fiction is a gripping and utterly transporting debut, bringing to vivid life a colonial Australia that bears a striking resemblance to the American Wild West in its formative years. It is 1885 and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, 14-year-old Tommy and 16-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy. Thirsting for vengeance against the man they believe has wronged them - their former Aboriginal stockman - the distraught brothers turn to the ruthless and cunning John Sullivan, the wealthiest landowner in the region and their father's former employer. Two brothers are exposed to the brutal realities of life and the seductive cruelty of power in a riveting debut novel - a story of savagery and race, injustice and honor/ It is reminiscent of Philipp Meyer's The Son and the novels of Cormac McCarthy. Please join Will for an interesting discussion about a hard-to-put-down read. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.