Hired Murderers on Slow Horses

The Sisters Brothers book coverHerman Kermit Warm has been marked for death. The Commodore hired Eli and Charlie Sisters to kill him. The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt, is Eli’s first person account of being a hired murderer on the job in 1851. Eli and Charlie don’t know Warm’s offense and it doesn’t matter. The Commodore pays well and on time. Traveling from Oregon City to Sacramento, Eli coddles the idea of finding a woman, settling down and owning a business. Charlie scoffs at his brother’s domestic pining and revels in encounters with an oversized bear, a witch, hard frontier women, an orphan, treacherous trappers, drunken harlots and a gold rush. If you like Charles Portis’ True Grit, you’ll probably enjoy The Sisters Brothers.