G.P. Putnam's Sons
On Sale: June 4, 2019
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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Hardcover (March 2018)
Even though the corrupt Sheriff Ross is dead and gone,
outlaws still walk free, peace comes at a price, and
redemption remains hard to find in this fiery and violent
novel from the author of The Far Empty.
Sometimes we have to be wolves...
In the wake of Sheriff Stanford Ross's death, former deputy
Chris Cherry--now Sheriff Cherry--is the new "law" in Big
Bend County, yet he still struggles to escape the long, dark
shadow of that infamous lawman. As Chris tries to remake and
modernize his corrupt department, bringing in new deputies,
including young America Reynosa and Ben Harper--a hard-edged
veteran homicide detective now lured out of retirement--he
finds himself constantly staring down a town unwilling to
change, friends and enemies unable to let go of the past,
and the harsh limits of his badge.
But it's only when a local Rio Grande guide is brutally and
inexplicably murdered, and America and Ben's ongoing
investigation is swept aside by a secretive federal agent,
that the novice sheriff truly understands just how tenuous
his hold on that badge really is. And as other new threats
rise right along with the unforgiving West Texas sun,
nothing can prepare Chris for the high cost of crossing
dangerous men such as John Wesley Earl, a high-ranking
member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the patriarch
of a murderous clan that's descended on Chris's hometown of
Murfee; or Thurman Flowers, a part-time pastor and full-time
white supremacist hell-bent on founding his violent Church
of Purity in the very heart of the Big Bend.
Before long, Chris, America, and Ben are outmaneuvered,
outnumbered, and outgunned--inexorably drawn into a nearly
twenty-year vendetta that began with a murdered Texas Ranger
on a dusty highway outside of Sweetwater, and that can only
end with fire, blood, and bullets in Murfee's own
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