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Chris Cherry, a newly minted sheriff's deputy in a small Texas border town, and seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross form an unlikely partnership as they investigate growing suspicions about the disappearance of Caleb's mother.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2016
ISBN: 9780399176340
Branch Call Number: FIC Scot
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 23 cm


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Oct 28, 2018

The author, J. Todd Scott, has been a DEA agent for 20 years and knows the Southwest well, so he’s the perfect person to write a modern-day Western. I’m not usually a fan of the setting being an integral part of a book, but Scott writes with such a gritty, poetic touch that it makes the land come alive and it’s hard to imagine the story being told otherwise. The sheriff in Murfee, Texas, is bigger than life; he dominates the town and everyone in it. Caleb, his 17-year-old son, has been lost, trying to find his way ever since his mother left them with no warning, no words of apology; one day she was just gone. It’s hard to live in the sheriff’s shadow, impossible to live up to his expectations. Even harder when Caleb’s mind wanders to darker places, wondering what part his father played in his mother’s disappearance. Scott paints a vivid portrait of a town caught in a struggle with drugs, a struggle between good and evil, a struggle within itself. I don’t read a lot of Westerns, but Scott is such a powerful writer that I found myself swept along, caught up in the desolate land and the people who live there.


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