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

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:
212,013
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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Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning - if you like clean books this is not one - especially if you don't want to see the Lord's name used in vain.
Civil-War-Buff More than 1 year ago
 I can honestly say this book was worth every penny I paid for it.  It was free.  The author must write with a well-thumbed thesaurus at his elbow.  I plowed through the first 22 pages before giving up.  In those few pages I stumbled over the following speed bumps:  describing a property as "Twenty-two coniferous acres scattered with a dozen sprawling patches of prairie, full of ... a wonderous, heavenly integrity of light."  A dozen sprawling patches of prairie in 22 acres?  And what the heck is an integrity of light?  The author also sprinkles in foreign phrases to give his writing a touch of class.  This is kind of silly in a gritty saga set in the Wyoming badlands.  Does the French phrase "coup de maitre" really convey that much more meaning than "master stroke" in English?  Does using the Latin phrase "Memento mori -- everyone dies" advance the plot in any way or add to the richness of the reader's experience especially when the author feels compelled to explain it in English?  I find these usages more pretentious than anything else.
Poppo More than 1 year ago
James Pruett is the sheriff of Wind River, WY. When his wife is murdered he arrests her brother TY. His estranged daughter finds a lawyer to defend Ty. I won't tell more, as it might spoil this very well written mystery. The story and the sheriff are as rugged as the land where they live. This novel has more twists and turns than Highway 6 over Loveland Pass!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Land by R.S. Guthrie - the story was captivating. I honestly could not put it down. Wonderful characters and surprising plot twists.
Anonymous 11 months ago
For those who enjoy slightly convoluted mystery this was an interesting experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
190 Nook pages. DW
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Good read
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Great read!
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Over the top description made for a difficult read. I did not like this book and really can't recommend it.
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A rare treat. Humanized characters and twisted layers to the plot that will not leave the reader disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found his prose intoxicating and characters richly and humanly developed. It's not the thriller mystery read you might expect, rather a deeper look at what mettle we are made of and the ghosts that haunt our minds. Compelling work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an ok read.
SamP55 More than 1 year ago
Good, suspenseful read. Hope to read more by this writer.
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
well written, good story