Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West - Cormac McCarthy By no means an easy read, but a magnificent one, McCarthy's epic western is like a madman's cocktail of McMurtry's LONESOME DOVE and Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS. De-romanticizes the Old West and with a merciless, horrifically brutal and existential eye, allows the reader a glimpse into an unspeakable Hell populated by savages on both sides of the plain. It also features a character--The Judge--who to my mind, deserves to be ranked among the greatest literary villains of all time. Other than some sections in which the proceedings are bogged down by laborious, extended passages of poetic description (beautiful as they are, they're too frequent and often too long), this is a masterpiece.