The Dart League King

The Dart League King

by Keith Lee Morris


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An intriguing tale of darts, drugs, and death.

Russell Harmon is the self-proclaimed king of his small-town Idaho dart league, but all is not well in his kingdom. In the midst of the league championship match, the intertwining stories of those gathered at the 411 club reveal Russell’s dangerous debt to a local drug dealer, his teammate Tristan Mackey’s involvement in the disappearance of a college student, and a love triangle with a former classmate. The characters in Keith Lee Morris’s second novel struggle to find the balance between accepting and controlling their destinies, but their fates are threaded together more closely than they realize.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979419881
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Keith Lee Morris is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Clemson University. His short stories have been published in Tin House, A Public Space, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, StoryQuarterly, New England Review, The Sun, and the Georgia Review, among other publications. The University of Nevada published his first two books, The Greyhound God(2003) and The Best Seats in the House (2004), and Tin House Books published his novel The Dart League King.

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The Dart League King 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this, but was too distracted by a girl nearby with breasts the size of grapefruits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very generic. No plot whatsoever
reed_readere More than 1 year ago
Okay, to justify my views I need to make a point, I am not a prude. I'm basically open minded and have come through many situations that most people can not even imagine. This is why I read, to escape and/or to learn. I wanted to love this book. However I didn't, this book disgusted me beyond the very description of the word. The only reason I finished it was because I owned it and it was the last book of five I'd brought on my vacation [trekked half way around the world] AND it came highly recommended! The story takes place in a small town of underdeveloped people living in a small minded capacity, with no light in sight. The writing style was easy to follow, expressive and took you to very dark places [might be a good thing]. The characters were depressed and depressing. Each one of them needed a good kick to the shin and/or a lobotomy! I'm not sure what the plot was, nor did I get the gist of the ending. I felt I needed more to justify reading this entire book! Overall I felt this book was crass, sick, sad and a waste of time.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first glance this is a very well-written, humorous, insightful, and fully entertaining story of one night in a small Idaho town. Told in alternating viewpoints, several characters reveal themselves, sometimes in a stream of conciousness that tells of their struggles to exist in the world, the town, with each other, and with themselves. As the story progresses, the beauty of the language surfaces and you realize the book is infused throughout with some wonderful writing that doesn't try to draw attention to itself, but is always there.
ccayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was going to stop listening since i found the characters to be unlikeable and low-lifes. When it was revealed that Bryce Haversham was more than a convenience store manager, I saw that more was going to be revealed. In the end, I was drawn in to the web created by the characters which culminated in the storm night of the dart league championships. Morris let each character speak for him/herself and they came to life and as you learned about their struggles, their desires to be more than what was initially revealed, you came to empathize. Morris also painted a picture of the life of the town and the history of everyone there but Bryce and Helen. I'm glad I stuck with it; in the end I found it very compelling and moving, the quite way in which each character struggled with something and resolved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I read it.
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NJEmH More than 1 year ago
Don't you just hate a novel that takes the first 50 pages to really "get going"? NOT THE CASE HERE! Sit down with this book and be entertained. After spending time in Mr. Morris's little town, I felt like I should wake up with a hangover, smelling of cigarettes and wondering, "how did I get home last night?". Fans of the show "Twin Peaks" and of Stephen King will love this book. Nothing supernatural here, but this little town with its big dark secrets will creep you out anyway. This book was a Barnes and Noble "best new writers" competition pick with good reason.