Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One)

Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One)

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by R.S. Guthrie
     
 

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Crime's an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.

When billions of dollars in natural gas rights

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Overview

Crime's an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.

When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town's top law officer's wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

In the tradition of Dennis Lehane, Tony Hillerman and James Lee Burke, Guthrie's sparse, haunting storytelling compliments his talent for creating richly-drawn, unflinching law officers with human frailties and a sense of justice.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Russell Blake
Blood Land is that rarest of beasts, a novel that works at a number of levels. The characters are richly drawn, the plot compelling, the atmosphere palpable, the writing remarkable for its depth and lucidity, as well as the maturity of the choices the author makes - the restraint and the plain old good taste. There is a marvelous economy to the prose and yet it has tremendous impact.

Deserving of more than five stars, this is a remarkable book in an ocean of mediocrity.
Amazon - Wisebear Books
This is a well written book with engaging characters, great dialog, and a brilliant back story about mineral rights which drives the novel's main character story line. Guthrie does a fine job of holding the readers' interest with many plot twists which fit together nicely like an intricate puzzle with a dramatic ending...we believe this story would make a terrific movie.

Overall, this book represents what's right about the digital publishing world.
Goodreads - Gail Gentry
The writing talent of R. S. Guthrie explodes in Blood Land. Sheriff Pruett watched as the lifeblood of his wife drained into the Wyoming dirt; her brother charged with the murder. R. S. Guthrie leads us through a maze of family betrayal, government corruption and inner demons. Each turn of the page brings a new twist and will leave you guessing what is going to happen next. I would never be able to tell you one thing I liked most about the book, I loved it all...The ending brings it all home.
Amazon - Jo VonBargen
A good novelist needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination. Author Guthrie seems to have all three in spades. He has applied them and built a masterpiece.

Character development in this novel is simply astounding. You'll never see the next thing coming. Your mind goes into spasms trying to wrap around it. The ending picks you up and slams you without mercy into the dirt. Then you come to and realize that therein lay redemption..and you can once again breathe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044478664
Publisher:
R.S. Guthrie
Publication date:
09/29/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
133,245
File size:
432 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

R.S. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and Wyoming. He has been writing fiction, essays, short stories, and lyrics since college. "Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel" marked Guthrie's first major release and it heralded the first in a series of Detective Bobby Macaulay (Bobby Mac) books. The second in the series (Lost) hit the Kindle shelves December of 2011. Guthrie's "Blood Land" is the first in the Sheriff James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series and represents a project that is close to his heart: it is set in a fictional town in the same county where he spent much of his childhood and still visits. Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, Amy, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie! Readers can catch up with what's new with R.S. Guthrie at his official site, http://www.rsguthrie.com , or discussions related to writing at his blog, Rob on Writing (http://robonwriting.com).

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