by Patrick deWitt
Oregon City, 1851. Charlie and Eli Sisters have a new assignment: travel to Sacramento and kill Hermann Kermit Warm. The Sisters brothers, you see, are henchmen. They work for a man simply known as the Commodore.
Their adventure begins uneventfully, but quickly devolves into perhaps their last adventure/job. Eli, our narrator, soon doubts that he should stay in this line of work, and a series of incidents along the way seem to confirm his instincts.
Humorous, dark, and spare in its prose, The Sisters Brothers is an amazing modern-day western. Eli is a sympathetic narrator, and the plot moves along at a nice pace. Highly recommended.