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Blood Land

(James Pruett Mystery #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  177 reviews
This is an alternate cover/title edition for ASIN: B008J4NKA6

Crime's an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published September 2015 by Wind River Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
One murder will rock a small town to its very foundations when deeply rooted lies and unlimited greed prove that crimes of the most vicious nature don’t only happen in the big cities. One tough-as-nails sheriff will face more than the demons in his town as his past rears its ugly head and his estranged daughter comes back into his life.

Imagine having to hunt down the killer of your own wife. Imagine it being her own blood who murdered her. Sheriff James Pruett will have to decide between justice
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy crime thrillers set in a western town
Recommended to Katy by: R.S. Guthrie
Shelves: ebook
Please note: Reposting review to remove title reference, as the author is changing the title of this book. Author is also making this the beginning of a series, so will look forward to the next book in this series of thrillers.

Book Info: Genre: Dark Western Crime fiction Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: The author was kind enough to send me a copy because I couldn’t afford it and wanted to read it. The least I can do in response is to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: In the taming of the West,
Russell Blake
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Land is that rarest of beasts, a novel that works at a number of levels. The characters are richly drawn, the plot compelling, the atmosphere palpable, the writing remarkable for its depth and lucidity, as well as the maturity of the choices the author makes - the restraint and the plain old good taste. There is a marvelous economy to the prose and yet it has tremendous impact. I kept thinking as I read that this is how it should be done. As an author myself, I am hyper-critical of grammar ...more
Marilou George
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Land is much more than an amazing and richly crafted story it is an extremely picturesque, thoughtful and moving experience. R. S. Guthrie has masterfully woven together a story of intrigue, family, redemption, greed and murder in the small ranching town of Wind River, Wyoming.

Sheriff James Pruitt is called to a shooting only to discover that his wife Bethy has been murdered at her parent’s family home. Being told that the shooter is his wife’s brother Ty McIntyre, he tracks him down at a
Fine writing, decent plot, likeable characters. Well, except for the McIntyres, who 'were racist and old school mean.' And there were a whole passel of them, too. They figure predominantly in the storyline which also features Sheriff James Pruett. His peaceful Wyoming town is turning into a killing zone, with mineral rights at the root of the problem. I had no problem putting this aside in order to read a couple of other actual books, still trying to warm up to electronic pages. This is my probl ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been really looking forward to reading this book for a long time now. When I was sent a professional ARC copy of this book by the author, I was most happy. I was asked to give my most honest review of the book, so here I go. After having read R.S. Guthrie's two other books, I thought that he couldn't write a better book, since those two books were amazing. I was wrong. This book is a masterpiece. Really. Trust my words. I have read lots of books along my life, so I know when a book is a w ...more
Frederick Brooke
I couldn't wait to read the latest book by R.S. Guthrie, having devoured his previous books. One thing that is unique to Guthrie's fiction is that the story is partly the place itself, the geography and the topography of it -- the canyons, the wind, the mountains, the forests. Blood Land is no exception. The town of Wind River, where these events unfold, is every bit as important an element in the story as Sheriff Pruett himself. And not only because people's daily work and their lives are domin ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 06/07/2012
Author: R.S. Guthrie
Recommended for: fans of crime novels
Edition: Kindle

I found this on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought that I would give it a try.I really did enjoy reading this book,it was expertly written with great description and a storyline that kept your attention throughtout the whole book. I think people who enjoy crime novels will absolutely love this book like I did, and you will probably have a new favourite author!.

This book contains a very compell
D.G. Torrens
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so looking forward to the release of this novel! I could not wait to buy it and have it downloaded onto my kindle. I was not disappointed at all. Once again the talent of R.S. Guthrie shines through in this fabulous novel. Sheriff Pruett is devastated at the murder of his beloved wife and takes us on an incredible journey of betrayal and corruption. This is a modern day western; one that will have you eagerly turning the next page to see what is going to happen next. Beautifully written, a ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have this on Kindle and because of space constraints I don't have many actual books anymore, though this book would definitely deserve some space. This is a full-fledged keeper that I really can't say enough good things about.

Blood Land drops you into the immediate aftermath of a murder through the eyes and tortured thoughts of Vietnam vet Sheriff James Pruett. Pruett has fought many battles with the bottle and suffered the consequences of his addiction. Guthrie does a great job bringing you i
Alan McDermott
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All is well in a sleepy Wyoming town until Sheriff James Pruett gets a call that will change his life forever. His beloved wife has been murdered - apparently at the hand of her brother - and so begins a sequence of events that will blow you away.

Just when you think you know who did what, another revelation throws everything back into the mixing pot and you're left wondering just who is responsible for the series of murders plaguing the town.

R. S. Guthrie has produced a stunning work, with chara
Gail  Gentry
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing talent of R. S. Guthrie explodes in Blood Land. Sheriff Pruett watched as the lifeblood of his wife drained into the Wyoming dirt; her brother charged with the murder. R. S. Guthrie leads us through a maze of family betrayal, government corruption and inner demons. Each turn of the page brings a new twist and will leave you guessing what is going to happen next. I would never be able to tell you one thing I liked most about the book, I loved it all. From jaw-dropping action to sweet ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Lot's of introspection in the first half of the story which didn't help the pacing. Picked up later on, but I couldn't stop comparing it to the last season of Justified. Overall, a good, quick read.
Linda Strong
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a small town .. not normally a place someone would associate with murder.

When the wife of the Sheriff of this Wyoming town is shot down in cold blood, he knows he can grieve later. The town is ready to implode ... his wife was killed by her brother. Because this particular family is well known, neighbors turn against neighbor, friends against friend.

Land and money is the root of all evil with gas rights worth billions of dollars is at risk. The sheriff is walking a fine line and must choose
KD Rush
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Dark Prairies
Author: RS Guthrie
Format: Kindle Edition
Size: 459 kb – 202 pages
Interest: Action/Crime Drama
Rating 0-100: 94 (5 Stars)

In the taming of the West, the prairies, they bled. There was war between the white man and the Native American, the outlaw against the honorable, the harsh elements against anything that crawled or thirsted—yet as scurrilous and unforgiving as bloodletting always is, much still represented a kind of progress toward the future. Not always fair; not always judi
Scott Bury
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true magnum opus

Dark Prairies, Guthrie’s third novel is a departure from the pattern he established in Black Beast and Lost. They’re horror/supernatural tales crossed with cop mystery-thrillers. Dark Prairies is a mystery about a cop, but the only category that it’s fair to put this into would have to be “literary fiction.”

Guthrie calls this book his “magnum opus,” and his care and passion for the story are evident.
As always, he has brought all his considerable writing ability and professional
Gae-Lynn Woods
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I was delighted to receive an advance copy of DARK PRAIRIES in exchange for an honest review.

R.S. Guthrie delivers a powerful tale of the harsh realities of mineral rights in America. It's a complicated topic with no easy answers. Guthrie delves into the technicalities with ease, using a cast of compelling characters who hold tight to the story's secrets. Without intending to, I read DARK PRAIRIES over a weekend. I honestly didn't have the time to sit and read, but found that I could
Mackenzie Brown
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from start to finish and was disappointed when it reached a shattering conclusion.

RS Guthrie is an incredibly skilled writer and his prose reminded me very much of James Lee Burke in the way he describes the scenery and the feelings of his flawed characters, yet he has his own style that I can only describe as pure Guthrie.

The story begins with a killing that seems pretty straight forward from the outset, but as the tale unravels, like the rope used by the ranch hands Guthrie
Jay Williams
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
James Pruett is a complex character, and this book follows hi story as he battles with his demons and deals with a great personal tragedy. The writing brings to life the ethos and characters of a small Wyoming ranching town. The blood in the title refers to a long term ranching family that gives new meaning to the term "dysfunctional." The story is exciting every step of the way, and the environment of the present and flashbacks to Pruett's service provide images and understanding of the forces ...more
Elouise Ryder
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasure to read. Mr. Gutherie is an excellent writer. His story has layers of complexity that repeatedly surprised (and horrified) me. And it kept my interest till the end.

I am a woman, but I identified so closely with the MC, James Pruett, that I was saddened and disappointed when he stepped off the wagon after 12 years of sobriety. I sympathize with what alcoholics go through, but I have never been able to truly empathize. Mr. Gutherie described it well several times, keeping
Nancy K.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Missed the Mark

This could have been a really good book, but it took too long to get to the meat of the story. If I hadn't read other reviews, I would have tossed it aside early on. Introducing the characters one at a time became a real drag , and numerous side trips into the past simply slowed down the story. Revealing that Sheriff Pruett was black 3/4 of the way through was a cheap trick and the authors 's use of "big" words detracted from the story. Awkward phrasing took me out of the story, h
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say about this book much more of what other reviewers have already said.
I enjoyed it a lot, it kept me turning pages and made me loose some hours of sleep to know what would have happened at the end.
I read almost everything R. S. Guthrie has written and I can say his writing style has greatly improved from his first novel Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel.
The plot is more solid and the prose is much better, you can feel the hard work he has done and the grat effort he put in this wo
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Blood Land. The story was well told and held my interest. There were a few twists and turns near the end that were far fetched but after all that is what writing fiction is all about. I read some of the other reviews before writing this...I just don't understand how there could be so many 1 and 2 star reviews?? I guess it proves we're all different.
Lynne Alexander Hollingsworth
I really enjoyed this Wyoming Sheriff/murder mystery/whodunit/action thriller/courtroom drama/gov't conspiracy plot! I read it during one night--up till 5:30 am, as I started it when I got to bed at 2 am! LOVED IT, and I am now going to read the 2nd in the series of Sheriff Pruitt, Moneyland. I highly recommend this mystery/thriller.
Jerold Last
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read

In this contemporary western novel, Guthrie tells a complex story of greed and corruption in what to him and the central character, Sheriff Pruett, is Paradise. His prose is lyrical and rich, bringing rural Wyoming to life as a major character in this book. Highly recommended!
The title of this book when I bought it was "Blood Land". The characters had so many layers to their personalities, it was hard to get to know them. Many twists and turns to the plot, but well worth the read. I rate this one 4.7 stars.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
i would be willing to read the rest of this series first give the second one in series to see if still ok but if gets worst then wont finish series-pretty easy fast read -
Darel Krieger
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
it was okay. Somewhat seemed to mirror the Longmire series on Netflix. Lot of killing for a small town.
Frank Nicoletti
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.S. Guthrie

On track to becoming a favorite author of mine. Blood land was an excellent read and compelling story. Write on!
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wow. Sat in my queue for some time. Wished I read it sooner. This was a fun book and a great read. Loved the Sheriff...worth my time.
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