The Devil's Country
Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines didn’t come to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs to cause trouble. After his wife and children were murdered, Arlo just wants to be left alone. Moving from place to place seems to be the only thing that eases the pain of his family’s violent end.
But a chance encounter outside a bar forces him to rescue a terrified woman and her chil...more
There are really two stories here and Arlo rel ...more
There's a touch of Jack Reacher to this story. One man against the world. This is action movie simple. In a bygone year, Bruce Willis would play the lead. Or Tom Cruise, despite the height discrepancy. Lots of fights, one man a ...more
The next day after saving the woman and her children from two thugs though A ...more
And in fact, having heard last summer about car troubles occurring in lonely West Texas to a family member, I now have true affection fo ...more
Former Texas Ranger, Arlo Baines, just wants to be left alone to travel aimlessly and read and forget the recent killing of his wife and children. In the middle of nowhere, the sleepy town of Piedra Springs, he's quietly reading Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire when trouble enters his life in the form of Molly, a mysterious woman with her two children, on the run from ... someone. Before Arlo knows it, h ...more
Arlo Baines, a former Texas Ranger, is on the road ...more
This time Arlo finds himself in Piedra Springs, a tiny West Texas town located in the badlands between Odessa and Sonora, "a long way from anywhere that mattered." All he really wants is a quiet corner, a good book, maybe a cup of coffee ...more
This is also the first book in Hunsicker's new Arlo Bain ...more
Arlo has his own troubles but when he is accused of the murder of ...more
The Devil’s Country
Thomas & Mercer
Paperback, 978-1-5039-4190-8, (also available as an e-book, an audio book, and on Audible), 304 pgs., $15.95
April 11, 2017
The late writer John Gardner once said there are only two kinds of stories: a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. In Harry Hunsicker’s new novel, The Devil’s Country, a stranger comes to a strange town. The fictional Piedra Springs is the Twin Peaks of West Texas.
Former Texas Ranger Arlo B ...more
Arlo Baines isn’t looking for trouble. He is just looking for escape from the circumstances that led to the murder of his family. But he isn’t exactly in the mood to run from trouble. So, when the ex-Texas Ranger steps in between a woman on the run from a cult with her two small children and two gun thugs, he doesn’t step back. It isn’t hard to go “tumbling down into the bl ...more
If another book featuring Arlo Baines is in the works, I'll certainly read it.
And I actually really enjoyed this!
A big warning (and possible spoiler):
(view spoiler)[This book contains a plot that includes sexual abuse of minors within a ...more
Piedra Springs is small-town Texas and Arlo Baines is just passing through. Recently discharged from the Texas Rangers, Arlo cannot turn off his need to help others when approached by a disheveled woman and her two kids. Trouble ensues, with its bulls-eye focused strongly on Arlo. Will he be able to find out what happened to Mo ...more
When Raymond Chandler created the Philip Marlowe, the character wasn’t your average hard-boiled private eye. “Underneath the wise-cracking, hard-drinking, tough private eye, Marlowe is quietly contemplative and philosophical...”
That’s pretty much how we meet Arlo Baines, sitting in a bar with a book in hand, hoping to catch up on his reading of The History of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon.
Of course Baines barely gets to read, in t ...more
The characters sometimes veer a little towards cliches (diversity notwithstanding, though appreciated). Dialogue veers even more into cliche country. Earl's, the town restaurant/diner where everyone goes, is adorned with posters of John Wayne ad WWII bombers. Heck, a townsman even calls someone "partner" at one point.
Our p ...more
I went into this one not knowing much, just that it was about a Texas cop. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. The story was good, not overly “cop drama” with a lot of action, engaging storytelling, good characters, and a creepy cult. You get the present day plot meshing pretty well with a backstory set in flashbacks. The dialogue was occasionally clunky but I don’t know, maybe that’s how they talk in Texas. I’ve never ...more
This is a strange story, can't call it an adventure became it isn't. Incidents that happened aren't incidental, but realistic. We've all heard about cults or groups of people who live on a compound and seldom interact with those who live outside these compounds or cults. These cults are usually cover ups of child abuse and other despicable acts. Often these cults or sects were off shoots of the Mormonism(religion) the exposure of these cults/sects are exposed by those ...more
Writing/editing 4.5 stars
Characters 3.5 stars
Story/plotting 3.5 stars
Overall 3.5 stars
(I read it on my kindle)
It’s a potentially good book. Besides the good things about it being a time-killer-for-reader book, The things made me rate it lower than 4 stars are:
1) character not really well build enough. Only background building is not enough for me to fully see and feel the characters.
2) media in the book didn’t work for me. I understand they were used to help readers to see the s ...more