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Ordinary Grace
“It seemed to me a good day to be dead and by that I mean that if the dead cared no more about the worries they’d shouldered in life and could lie bac
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
This history does what every nonfiction title aspires to do: makes the reader want to run out and read as much as they can on the subject. That is exa...more
May 19, 2011
Dec 19, 2010
Mad Dog & Englishman (Mad Dog & Englishman, #1)
Kansas, really? This murder mystery is set in Kansas, and not a city either. It is set in the plains of Kansas, so flat and dry a stand of trees rises...more
Apr 06, 2013
Oct 29, 2010
Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire, #7)
A couple of years ago I wrote that it takes a brave man to create a novel that parallels and paraphrases the greats like Shakespeare and Dante. But Jo...more
Aug 21, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Iron Lake (Cork O'Connor, #1)
For years I've been looking at new titles accumulate under the name Krueger, and have wanted to see how mysteries unfurl in the midwest. Only this wee...more
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire, #6)
Craig Johnson's books, read by George Guidall, have something of the wise old dad about them. No matter that Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming's Absar...more
Mar 2011
Feb 28, 2011
The Year We Left Home
Ah, the Midwest. One has notions of the Midwest that the characters in this novel try to disabuse one of all the way through, but in fact, it's pretty...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing
I can't decide whether this man is a better writer than he is fisherman. How can I know? Fisherman are known to lie--nay, exaggerate, perhaps--but it...more
Jul 2009
Aug 18, 2009
A Reliable Wife
The language was sumptous and the idea of a walled garden and conservatory in the wintertime midwest extravagant. It felt like an old-fashioned story...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
The Art of Fielding
Harbach had me laughing by page five and cheering for these folks by page ten. Unfortunately, the feeling didn’t last. I should have known, with the b...more
Jun 18, 2012
May 14, 2012
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
It doesn’t take much in the way of body and mind to be a lookout…it’s mostly soul. --Norman Maclean

Perhaps it is not so strange in this day and age to...more
Sep 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
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