“Texas consists of dozens of subregions, many of which have prompted a novel or two. I am partial, for example, to Jack Sheridan’s Thunderclap, largely because it happens to be set in the much neglected Wichita Falls area.” Larry McMurtry
The first time Britt saw Marcy, the girl in the tight, thin dress, he knew damn well that he was going to have her, or go to hell trying. But he hadn’t reckoned on Rigger, the girl’s husband, a sadistic runt of a guy who’d smash in a man’s skull as happily as blink at him. And he hadn’t reckoned on Newt, the lecherous, broken man who lusted after his brother’s wife. As the three men fight for Marcy, human emotions are swept up, tossed in the harsh, bitter winds of the Texas panhandle, and shattered into dust.
“Thunderclap is a great novel..that could rank among the modern classics. First, it’s a powerful story with plenty of naturalistic talk on the rawest, physical level, but kept authentic, moving and revealing. Sheridan seems to be aiming at, and achieving, something higher and more powerful than just an entertaining story.” New York World-Telegram
“A love story with a realistic background of lusty talk, strong emotions, and the fight of farmers to survive and prosper.” Wichita Falls Times
“Really grips the imagination.” Daily Telegraph (UK)
“Pungent style evokes the atmosphere of the mean farm,” Daily Mail (UK)
“A tough, realistic picture of a small, isolated ranch and the cluttered, Ohio Street midway of bars, hock shops and hamburger joints. Needless to say, his characters do not talk like Sunday school teachers nor stir about like the happy-drenched figures in a Grandma Moses painting.” Times Record News