On Sale: August 21, 2018
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Thriller Crime | Suspense
Set in the 1970s in the vast and arid landscape of the Texas
panhandle, this darkly comic and stunningly mature literary
debut tells the story of a car thief and his brother who set
out to recover some stolen money and inadvertently kidnap a
Mennonite girl who has her own reasons for being on the run.
Troy Falconer returns home after years of working as a
solitary car thief to help his younger brother, Harlan,
search for his wife, who has run away with the little money
he had. When they steal a station wagon for the journey, the
brothers accidentally kidnap Martha Zacharias, a Mennonite
girl asleep in the back of the car. Martha turns out to be a
stubborn survivor who refuses to be sent home, so together
these unlikely road companions attempt to escape across the
Mexican border, pursued by the police and Martha’s vengeful
The story is told partly through Troy’s journal, in which he
chronicles his encounters with con artists, down-and-outers,
and roadside philosophers, people looking for fast money,
human connection, or a home long since vanished. The journal
details a breakdown that has left Troy unable to function in
conventional society; he is reduced to haunting motels,
stealing from men roughly his size, living with their
possessions in order to have none of his own and all but
disappearing into their identities.
With a page-turning plot about a kidnapped child, gorgeously
written scenes that probe the soul of the American West, and
an austere landscape as real as any character,
Presidio packs a powerful punch of anomie, dark
humor, pathos, and suspense.
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