Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One) [NOOK Book]

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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 hang in the balance and the town's top law officer's wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant ...

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Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One)

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044478664
  • Publisher: R.S. Guthrie
  • Publication date: 9/29/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,270
  • File size: 383 KB

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    190 pages, did not care for.

    This 190 page free ebook revolved around family greed and sibling murder. The author used very convoluted sentences and uncommon words. While much better then the cursing some writers are injecting into their stories lately, it did become tedious. The editing was very well done. Mystery is my favorite genre, but this book did not interest me. The callousness of one of the characters at the end was disturbing. I noticed many readers really enjoyed this book, all I can recommend is for you to try it. Perhaps you will enjoy it also. Because of violence and subject matter, for readers 18 and up.

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    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Not good

    Very short with juvenile writing. Siuations not well thought out...for instance...characters had sat down to breakfast, waitress said order when ready, characters talk, suddenly waitress brings meal. Things like that happen throughout story that make the story sound like a 7th grader wrote it. It wanders off on tangents that dragged on and on. Would not recommend.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Great story, characters are very human

    Well written story you won't soon forget. Yes, you could nitpick about food coming without a word about it being ordered but that does not take away from the tale. Characters are human with flaws we/I can relate to. Have already bought the next one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Good Read

    Well-written mystery. I enjoyed the characters very much!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Good story well written

    Sheriff in a small town. Rash of killings in one family.
    Takes place in Wyoming.





    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Blood land

    I liked thid

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    B

    Enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were interesting and the story moved along very well. The author told a good story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    Outstanding! Will read all of his books.

    Outstanding! Will read all of his books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Anon

    Really good book. Definitely not your average cowboy cozy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book! I was completely captivated by Sh

    I absolutely loved this book! I was completely captivated by Sheriff Pruett from the first chapter to the last. I almost hate to even summarize the story because I want you to discover it for yourself.
    This book is set in Wyoming and I know you’re thinking “Ugh, a western”. But I would encourage you to try it because it’s not a typical western style story. And Sheriff Pruett is not your typical cowboy, in fact, he never even gets near a horse in this story.
    So what is this book about? The story opens with the murder of Sheriff Pruett’s wife. James Pruett has been the sheriff in Sublette County in rural Wyoming for a long time. He has also been married to the love of his life for a long time. And now she is dead by the hand of her own brother. This book is about Pruett’s journey through the investigation of his wife’s death, through the uncovering of cover-ups that have been years in the making, through the righting of wrongs and through reconciling with his past. The story, in my opinion, is beautifully crafted by R.S. Guthrie. His characters are both lovable and despicable, sympathetic and just plain mean.
    Blood Land is the first in a series and I, for one, can’t wait to read the rest. I think this book deserves 4 out of 4 stars. And my thanks to R.S. Guthrie for sharing this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Not worth your time

    The plot is ridiculous. Very mediocre book.

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  • Posted August 3, 2014

    Blood Land is a great novel!  It's mysteries unravel slowly and

    Blood Land is a great novel!  It's mysteries unravel slowly and doesn't give out hints that can ruin the surprises, and there are definitely surprises.  It's a western story set in the ranch lands of Wyoming involving family greed, murder, lots of alcohol, but also redemption and love.  It's chock full of action, adventure, intrigue and interesting characters.  Guthrie really knows how to spin a great mystery!  If you've never read a western before don't let that stop you, this was my first and I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    It was ok

    It was just ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Just didn't do it for me

    It wasn't poorly written, it wasn't poorly edited, it just wasn't for me. Stopped about 1/2 way through (which is strange for me), and haven't felt like picking it back up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Great novel

    I really enjoyed this novel. Character development alone was gripping. Family ties is a very importantbpart of this vrry suspenseful story. Sheriff Pruett's role here caused hm much turmoil caused by so many people including himself. This story will keep you wondering throughout. Will read more of R.S. Guthrie. 197 pgs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Anonymous

    I was taken in right from the start. I never expected the main person behind all the killing and greed. Loved the ending. I liked the fact that this book also showed respect to the native americans. They deserve so much.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    Very Good

    Good story line. Kept my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Great story.

    The rational of an alcoholic was a little boring at times as I wanted too just get on with the story. The number of murders and the connections finally uncovered was fascinating and amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    blood line, haven't read yet

    Havent read it yet. Into cutthroat mysteries which I love!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great Read!

    Wow!! This was a freebie book from B&N and it was fantastic! It started out slowly and I didn't care for the main character's slip back into alcoholism after 12 years of sobriety, which is why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5. Warning! This review includes spoilers.

    James Pruett is the Sheriff in a small town in Wyoming. His wife is accidentally murdered by her brother in family altercation and Pruett dutifully arrests the brother. However, things are not quite as cut and dry as they seem and as he investigates the cause behind the murder, he uncovers family secrets that his wife of 44 years had never shared with him. Add to this mix a surprise about Pruett himself revealed about half-way through (he's a black man in a very, very white community, including his wife and in-laws); his reconciliation with his child after almost 20 years; a long-ago affair that almost ruined his marriage; his struggle with the bottle, renewed now that his wife his been killed.

    The plot had so many twists and surprises that, once the story started moving, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this one!

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