Authors > Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

Year: 1985
Genre: 19th CenturyWild West

No Country for Old Men

One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning's headlines.

Year: 2005
Genre: Crime FictionDrug Running

The Road

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

Year: 2006
Genre: Apocalpyse



Year TitleGenres & Tags

1965The Orchard Keeper1920s1930s
1968Outer Dark1900s
1973Child of GodInnocence
1985Blood Meridian19th CenturyWild West
2005No Country for Old MenCrime FictionDrug Running
2006The RoadApocalpyse


SERIES: Border Trilogy

Year# TitleGenres & Tags

19921All the Pretty Horses
19942The Crossing1930sWild West
19983Cities of the Plain1950s