An impressive fiction debut from author Brian Panowich, "Bull Mountain" is gritty North Georgia Noir, featuring an unforgettable clan of criminal mindAn impressive fiction debut from author Brian Panowich, "Bull Mountain" is gritty North Georgia Noir, featuring an unforgettable clan of criminal minds and their extended reach of cousins and cohorts. The Burroughs family has deep roots on Bull Mountain, as deep as the roots of the big, old trees that have stood silent witness as generations have come and gone while the mountain holds it ground. As the story weaves back and forth through time, the Burroughs money-making method of madness morphs from moonshine, to pot, to meth, and their trafficking territory blurs through at least half a dozen state lines. One Burroughs, Clayton, has defied his deviant family lineage and become the sheriff of McFalls County, and the county line encloses Bull Mountain. Federal Agent Simon Holly approaches Clayton with a plan to bring down the family drug empire, run by Clayton's older brother, Hal, as a means to reel in the bigger fish, Hal's criminal connection in Florida. Agent Holly is offering immunity for Hal if he turns informant against the Florida organization, particularly their leader, a man named Wilcombe. The alternative, if Clayton and Hal don't cooperate, is an all-encompassing invasion of Bull Mountain, promising mass destruction and an inevitable loss of life. Clayton knows his brother all too well, but he agrees to speak with Hal and advise him of the offer. The bad blood between the brothers runs far deeper than Clayton's choice of career. It's much more than outlaw versus "the law". Clayton will go up the mountain, but will he make it back down alive? A darkly compelling tale from author Brian Panowich.
"A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge" is the fourth entry in the "Samuel Craddock Mysteries" from author Terry Shames. If you haven't read the first thre"A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge" is the fourth entry in the "Samuel Craddock Mysteries" from author Terry Shames. If you haven't read the first three books in the series, I highly recommend reading all four books in order--you will really enjoy them as a reader's treat! As the "retired" chief of police for the small town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, eventually Samuel Craddock had to accept that his retirement just didn't take. When the town went broke, Samuel was hired back, unpaid, as the acting chief of police. A lawman is a lawman every day of his life. There's no way to escape the needs of the public, crime will live exactly as long as humanity exists, and small towns have their share of big secrets. This time, Samuel's neighbor, Jenny Sandstone, needs his help. When Jenny's mother, Vera, has a stroke, Samuel, who doesn't care for horses, finds himself caring for Jenny's horses and watching her property. At the hospital, Vera warns Samuel that Jenny is in danger. At first, Vera seems to be recovering, but she takes a turn for the worse, and passes away in the hospital. Samuel has questions about her death, and his concerns about strange incidents occurring at Jenny's place have his investigative instincts on the alert. All the while, he is dealing with the personalities and problems of the locals, and he is just the right man for the job. When things take a more deadly turn, and Jenny's life is threatened, Samuel's investigation deepens, and he realizes that Jenny's past is the key to the mystery. He has to convince Jenny to confront her past so that he can help her with the danger she faces, and then she can begin to think about the future. Terry Shames has created a wonderful protagonist in Samuel Craddock, and her involving, enjoyable writing style will have you looking forward to the next adventure for her likeable lawman.
Bringing forward supporting character Officer Cassie Dewell from his stunning prior work, "The Highway", author C.J. Box moves Cassie from Montana toBringing forward supporting character Officer Cassie Dewell from his stunning prior work, "The Highway", author C.J. Box moves Cassie from Montana to the "Badlands" of Grimstad, North Dakota. Assuming the position of Deputy Sheriff of Grimstad, Cassie faces the crimes and misdemeanors associated with the money, drugs, and power plays of the oil business. After two years of tracking, she will also come face-to-face with "The Lizard King", a heinous serial killer who used the miles and miles of endless asphalt as his own personal hunting ground. He had also murdered Cassie's partner, Cody Hoyt. Into the mix comes twelve-year old Kyle Westergaard--a newspaper carrier traveling his route on his bicycle who witnesses a life-ending and life-changing accident. While the world sees Kyle as "slow", he has greater perception and depth of observation than the world acknowledges. Kyle also has his own agenda. With his usual superb storytelling, C.J. Box parlays paralyzing cold, rugged landscapes, compelling characterizations, and an involving storyline into a winning feature tale for Cassie Dewell, whom we hope to see again in her own future adventures.
Superlative storyteller Susan Wilson tells a compelling, poignant, and ultimately uplifting tale in "The Dog Who Saved Me". While the story does not fSuperlative storyteller Susan Wilson tells a compelling, poignant, and ultimately uplifting tale in "The Dog Who Saved Me". While the story does not flinch away from abuse, hardships, and tragedy, it also celebrates survivorship and the triumph of the spirit, both human and animal. At the heart of it all is an extremely well-written, well-paced police story. Cooper Harrison thought he had left his troubled youth behind when he moved from small-town Harmony Farms to become an officer in a Boston K-9 unit. Unable to overcome his grief when beloved canine partner Argos is killed in a bombing incident, Cooper tries to drink away his sorrow and come to grips with the physical limitations of his own injuries. When his marriage and career come to an end, a call from an old friend, now the police chief of Harmony Farms, offers Cooper a chance to start over. He never imagined he would end up as the Animal Control Officer back in his home town, but that's just where he lands. Now he has to face his father, Bull, known as the town drunk, and his older brother, Jimmy, fresh out of prison after serving time on drug charges. Cooper's work as an animal control officer is vastly different from his duties as K-9 unit officer. He's now a lawman, a handyman, a counselor, a psychologist--both for humans and animals, and he's a tracker, a super-sleuth, and much, much more. Along the way he begins a romance with lovely woman, Natalie, who rescues and rehabs horses and has her own set of emotional issues. Linking all of these people together, in ways never anticipated, is a yellow dog. Not just any dog, but a purebred yellow Lab, a victim of abuse, and a survivor of severe hardship. It will take all of Cooper's skill, intelligence, and innate compassion to capture and revitalize this dog, but eventually dog and man will offer to each other the gift of hope. The characters are beautifully-layered and shaded--definitely beyond stereotypes--and you may find yourself rethinking some of your own relationships with others. The storyline is so involving that it will keep you intrigued until the last page is turned, and you will be thinking about all you've read far beyond "The End". With "The Dog Who Saved Me" author Susan Wilson reminds us that while some people are habitually rotten, beneath the crust of the crustiest humans there beats a heart, and above that heart is brain with a surprising variety and depth of thoughts. A highly recommended read from a very gifted author.
"Black River", with its immediate sense of place, compelling storyline, and memorable characters, is a remarkable debut work from author S.M. Hulse. L"Black River", with its immediate sense of place, compelling storyline, and memorable characters, is a remarkable debut work from author S.M. Hulse. Like the men before him in his family, Wes Carver was a correctional officer for the Montana State Prison, which was located not far from his small home town of Black River. During a prison riot, Wes was tortured and maimed, losing his ability to play his beloved fiddle. Wes and his wife Claire eventually moved from Black River, leaving behind not only the prison, but also Claire's troubled teenaged son, Dennis. Years later, just before Claire's death from leukemia, she requests to go home to Black River. Wes complies, but Claire passes away before they can make it, and Wes travels home with the silent companionship of Claire's ashes. A tense reunion with Dennis is compounded by the upcoming parole hearing for Bobby Williams, the man who had forever changed life for Wes and his family. Can Wes live with whatever the verdict may be, even if the outcome is the unthinkable? Will he find a way to begin healing himself and finding some sense of peace, or will the cycle of violence remain unbroken? "Black River" is a quick, involving read that will leave a lasting impression.
"Under a Turquoise Sky" is an involving, inspiring romantic suspense tale from author Lisa Carter. Aaron Yazzie, known as Rafael Chavez in his guise a"Under a Turquoise Sky" is an involving, inspiring romantic suspense tale from author Lisa Carter. Aaron Yazzie, known as Rafael Chavez in his guise as an undercover FBI agent, had a tough beginning in life, one he had never forgotten. Despite the love and spiritual teaching of his adoptive parents, bitterness ran deep in him over all he had seen and experienced. The last thing he needed or wanted was to be saddled with safeguarding a federal witness until she could testify against the drug king who had murdered her friend--the drug lord's own wife--before her eyes. Kailyn Eudailey is a spirited, blonde and beautiful southern belle from a privileged background. She and Aaron appear to be extreme opposites, barely able to tolerate each other, yet stuck together on a dangerous flight from the evil which will stop at nothing to silence Kailyn. A promise to Aaron's dying father, a US Marshal, keeps Aaron bound to protecting Kailyn with all means at his disposal. He heads back to his roots in the Southwest, taking Kailyn and her small dog to the Navajo Nation where he was born. With contracts out on both their lives, they must evade the ever-approaching danger and learn to deal with the differences between the two of them. But will those differences, along with a growing respect and fondness, lead to something more? If they survive, is there a chance that their futures will be blessed by abiding faith and lasting love? Readers will also greatly enjoy "Beneath a Navajo Moon" from author Lisa Carter.