Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, August 2, 2012 / “Lonesome Animals” by Bruce Holbert

Today’s featured book is Lonesome Animals by Bruce Holbert.

"Lonesome Animals" by Bruce Holbert

“Lonesome Animals” by Bruce Holbert

Why I chose this book:

A former lawman is called out of retirement to hunt a serial killer involving murders against Native Americans. I love this debut novel. I’m a fan of westerns (among other things) and this has a great Cormac McCarthy feel in the form of a present day lawman detective. There is a slow and perfectly plotted unfolding of backstory that makes the storytelling seem natural, i.e., the style of C.J. Box. Love the dialogue. I can’t say enough good things. I’d keep a signed first edition of this one on my shelf.

From Amazon:

“In Lonesome Animals, Russell Strawl, a tormented former lawman, is called out of retirement to hunt a serial killer with a sense of the macabre who has been leaving elaborately carved bodies of Native Americans across three counties. As the pursuit ensues, Strawl’s own dark and violent history weaves itself into the hunt, shedding light on the remains of his broken family: one wife taken by the river, one by his own hand; an adopted Native American son who fancies himself a Catholic prophet; and a daughter, whose temerity and stoicism contrast against the romantic notions of how the west was won.

In the vein of True Grit and Blood MeridianLonesome Animals is a western novel reinvented, a detective story inverted for the west. It contemplates the nature of story and heroism in the face of a collapsing ethos -not only of Native American culture, but also of the first wave of white men who, through the battle against the geography and its indigenous people, guaranteed their own destruction. But it is also about one man’s urgent, elegiac search for justice amidst the craven acts committed on the edges of civilization.”

“From the opening sentence of Holbert’s remarkable debut, it is obvious that we are in the hands of a master storyteller . . . Holbert’s prose is simultaneously roughly hewn and elegant, and recalls Cormac McCarthy at his best, as do his insights into the relationship between predator and prey. Call it literary fiction, classic western realism, or historical noir, Holbert is a writer of formidable skill and this auspicious debut should have considerable crossover appeal.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville

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About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker (www.ClayStafford.com) and founder of Killer Nashville (www.KillerNashville.com). As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” (www.OneOfTheMiracles.com) and the music CD “XO” (www.JefferyDeaverXOMusic.com). A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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