On Sale: June 5, 2018
Featuring: Lucy Smith; Wyatt Smith
Hardcover / e-Book
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Suspense | Fiction
Ever since their father's untimely death five years before,
Wyatt Smith and his inseparably close twin sister, Lucy,
have scraped by alone on their family's isolated ranch in
Box Elder County, Utah. That is until one morning when, just
after spotting one of their bulls lying dead in the field,
Wyatt is hit in the arm by a hail of gunfire that takes four
more cattle with it. The shooter: a fever-eyed, fearsome
girl-child with an outdated TEC-9 in her left hand and a
worn shotgun in her right. They hold the girl captive, but
she breaks loose overnight and heads south into the desert.
With the dawning realization that the loss of cattle will
mean the certain loss of the ranch, Wyatt feels he has no
choice but to go after her and somehow find restitution for
what's been lost.
Wyatt's decision sets him on an epic twelve-day odyssey
through a nightmarish underworld he only half understands; a
world that pitches him not only against the primordial ways
of men and the beautiful yet brutally unforgiving landscape,
but also against himself. As he winds his way down from the
mountains of Box Elder to the mesas of Monument Valley and
back, Wyatt is forced to look for the first time at who he
is and what heís capable of, and how those hard truths set
him irrevocably apart from the one person heís ever really
known and loved. Steeped in a mythic, wildly alive language
of its own, and gripping from the first gunshot to the last,
Rough Animals is a tour de force from a powerful new voice.
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