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Blackwater IV: The War

by Michael McDowell, published on May 19, 2022 by Éditions Monsieur Toussaint Louverture.

His favorite quote:

“Old fools like Dial sometimes know more than supposedly sane people.

And sometimes they even happen to tell the truth.


Why this book?

  • Because this new volume will immerse you in the middle of World War

    II in the daily life of a small American town with a lot of realism and pragmatism: ration coupons, women at work, departure of sons for Germany, runaway family sawmill as part of the war effort.

    History has never seemed so alive since the beginning of the series!

  • Because the reader takes pleasure in following the new generation

    of the Caskey family, a character he has seen emerge little by little.

    New dynamics, new challenges: the coming of age of these characters brings a lot of freshness to the plot!

    This new generation also allows the author to show the very slow evolution of the mores of the time, by showing in particular women who work and emancipate themselves in this way.

  • Because fantasy is always present, and always skilfully

    mixed with horror and trash: Michael McDowell has a sense of proportion and never overdoes it.

    The mystery remains present, despite some answers… We will note in passing that the worst scenes are the work of a character who could not be more human, as what monsters are not always those we believe!

  • Because we still admire the superb craftsmanship

    of this powerful family saga: each cover is a true work of art!

The essentials in 2 minutes

The plot.

In Perdido, we follow the Caskey clan, owners of a prosperous sawmill, for twenty years now...


In this 4th volume, the author reshuffles the cards and focuses on the new generation of Caskey: the Miriam and Frances sisters, the Strickland children, Grace... The reader, after having seen them born and grow up, follows them as they approach adulthood.


Perdido, Alabama is a dusty southern corner of the United States.

The Caskey clan is the most influential family there, gradually ousting its two rivals...

The time.

In Perdido, the Second World War turned everything upside down!

It's the return of full employment, and the beginning of unprecedented prosperity for the Caskeys.

But it's also a time when you fear for your sons...

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The author.

Michael McDowell is a prolific American author, known for his numerous paperback publications!

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