It is the mid-1970s, and the last of America's soldiers are returning home from Vietnam, often shouted down and spat upon by protesters, while the first toxic cracks of public mistrust have begun to appear at the highest levels of government. The American Indian Movement has entered into a bloody occupation of Wounded Knee, gas shortages have pushed the economy into deep recession, and violent civil unrest is captured in living color and televised nightly on the evening news.
But rural Meriwether County, tucked away amid the sweeping river valleys and serrated mountain ridges of southern Oregon has been left largely untouched by time. Until now.
Cattle rancher Ty Dawson, a complex man tormented by elements of his own past, is involuntarily conscripted to assist local law enforcement, the past collides with the present, and hostility escalates into brutality and bloodshed. Ty is drawn into a complex web of predatory alliances and corruption where he must choose to stand and fight, or watch as the last remnants of the American West are consumed in a lawless conflagration of avarice and cruelty.
Set against the rugged backdrop of Oregon's vast ranchlands, this series speaks to the notions of loyalty, passion and murder, as seen through the eyes of a cast of unforgettable characters and crafted with lyrical prose and dialogue, weaving together the sometimes poignant, often violent, strains of the 1970s and the human costs of a nation in transition.
Baron R. Birtcher is a three-time winner of the SILVER FALCHION AWARD, and the WINNER of 2018's Killer Nashville READERS CHOICE AWARD. He has also had the honor of having been named a finalist for the NERO AWARD, the LEFTY AWARD, the FOREWORD INDIE AWARD, the 2016 BEST BOOK AWARD, the Pacific Northwest's regional SPOTTED OWL AWARD and the CLAYMORE AWARD.
Baron's writing has been hailed as "The real deal" by Publishers Weekly; "Fast Paced and Engaging" by Booklist; and "Solid, Fluent and Thrilling" by Kirkus.
"REMINISCENT OF THE LATE, GREAT ELMORE LEONARD" -- Shots Magazine (UK)
"BIRTCHER IS PART POET, PART PHILOSOPHER, AND A CONSUMMATE WRITER" -- Reed Farrel Coleman, NYT Bestselling author
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