The Place of Dead Roads

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The Place of Dead Roads
Cover of the hardcover edition by Viking Press
AuthorWilliam S. Burroughs
CountryUnited States
SeriesCities of the Red Night trilogy
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages306 pp
813/.54 19
LC ClassPS3552.U75 P54 1983
Preceded byCities of the Red Night 
Followed byThe Western Lands 

The Place of Dead Roads is a 1983 novel by William S. Burroughs, the second book of the trilogy that begins with Cities of the Red Night (1981) and concludes with The Western Lands (1987). It chronicles the story of a gay gunfighter in the American West, beginning with the gunfighter’s death in 1899, incorporates contrasting themes and time travel episodes, and makes use of Burroughs’ extensive knowledge of firearms. Non-linear in construction, it makes use of vivid imagery and repetition but does not employ the famous “cut-up” method of literary collage used in his earlier novels.