Spoon

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“An enormously engaging novel with characters who feel like old friends and a spirit as big as the West. From the opening paragraphs, you are in the hands of a master with the ability to evoke the grandeur of the still untamed western landscape and the folks whose lives are shaped by it. What a gifted storyteller Robert Greer is! Spoon is the kind of story you will remember.”—Margaret Coel, author of The Silent Spirit

“In Montana, a drifter rescues a family and their way of life before he moves on. It starts in ...

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Overview

“An enormously engaging novel with characters who feel like old friends and a spirit as big as the West. From the opening paragraphs, you are in the hands of a master with the ability to evoke the grandeur of the still untamed western landscape and the folks whose lives are shaped by it. What a gifted storyteller Robert Greer is! Spoon is the kind of story you will remember.”—Margaret Coel, author of The Silent Spirit

“In Montana, a drifter rescues a family and their way of life before he moves on. It starts in late summer, it ends the following autumn, and the sweetness and melancholy of the seasons perfectly complement this classic tale of a cowboy, ranchers and big business, told with sweet humor and Western elegance.”—Marilyn Dahl for Shelf Awareness

His hat was a snow white Tom Mix block, and he wore it tipped forward just enough to shade his eyes. When I asked him what had happened to his shoes, he said, "Shoes can be excess baggage when a man's in a hurry."

A novel of the contemporary American West, Spoon tells the story of Arcus Witherspoon, a mysterious half-black, half-Indian, oddly clairvoyant man searching the West for his roots. Hitchhiking near Hardin, Montana, Spoon falls in with a ranching family struggling to keep their ranch afloat amidst the pressures of hard economic times and an encroaching coal company. Proving himself a gifted ranch hand and mentor, Spoon charges himself with rescuing the Darleys and guiding the family's teenage son TJ on his path to manhood. While Spoon's checkered past includes a prison stint and a navy tour of Vietnam, it is his tenacity, wisdom, and charm that end up defining this quintessential Western man.

Robert Greer is author of the popular CJ Floyd mystery series: The Devil's Hatband, The Devil's Red Nickel, The Devil's Backbone, Resurrecting Langston Blue, The Fourth Perspective, The Mongoose Deception, and Blackbird, Farewell, as well as two medical thrillers. He is a practicing pathologist and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, and he owns a cattle ranch in Wyoming. Visit www.robertgreerbooks.com.

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In Big Horn County, MT, 1991, when a barefoot half-black, half-Native American hitchhiker wearing an expensive cowboy hat gets a ride from a teenager named TJ Darley, a friendship is born. The mysterious hitchhiker gives his name as Spoon, short for Arcus Witherspoon. TJ takes Spoon home to the family ranch, where he is hired as a much-needed extra ranch hand. Gradually, TJ and his hardworking parents become aware that Spoon has an uncanny talent for forecasting bad weather and trouble in general. They also learn that Spoon is a Vietnam vet with a prison record. However, he is a terrific worker and becomes a mentor to TJ. When a coal company threatens to tear up the neighborhood, the Darleys and Spoon are drawn into battle. VERDICT More about TJ's coming of age than the eponymous Spoon, this new novel by the author of the CJ Floyd mysteries (Blackbird, Farewell) vividly presents the realities of life on a cattle ranch. Larry Watson's Montana 1948 comes to mind as a readalike.—Keddy Outlaw, formerly with Harris Cty. P.L., Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555916893
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Greer is author of the CJ Floyd mystery series: The Devil's Hatband, The Devil's Red Nickel, The Devil's Backbone, Resurrecting Langston Blue, The Fourth Perspective, The Mongoose Deception, Blackbird, Farewell, and two medical thrillers. He is a practicing pathologist and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, and he owns and operates a working cattle ranch in Wyoming.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Must read this modern-day western!

    Robert Greer has skillfully written a compelling tale about an enigmatic, multi-racial drifter, Arcus Witherspoon ("Spoon"), who is searching for his family lineage. While hitchhiking (barefoot?!) in Big Horn County, Montana, he is picked up by teenage TJ Darley, son of a cattle ranching family. Hired as a ranch hand by the Darleys, Spoon turns out to be invaluably skilled in many ways. Using his psychic abilities, he predicts trouble on the horizon. His premonition comes true with the arrival of a big coal mining company, seeking mining rights to a vast reserve of coal located beneath the local ranches. The ranchers' opposition leads them into a dangerous confrontation.Mr. Greer is an amazingly talented storyteller. He has brilliantly created a suspenseful, intriguing storyline with a captivating cast of unique, well-developed characters. His evocative, descriptive style superbly brings each scene to life. As I read, I had a true sense of what life on a Montana cattle ranch must be like, and all the hard work that's necessary to keep it running. I truly loved this entertaining novel and I definitely recommend it for all readers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Kate

    Result 11 its called spooning danny

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Engaging!

    Great story telling. I wish I had a friend like Spoon.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

    Must read this modern-day western!

    Robert Greer has skillfully written a compelling tale about an enigmatic, multi-racial drifter, Arcus Witherspoon ("Spoon"), who is searching for his family lineage. While hitchhiking (barefoot?!) in Big Horn County, Montana, he is picked up by teenage TJ Darley, son of a cattle ranching family. Hired as a ranch hand by the Darleys, Spoon turns out to be invaluably skilled in many ways. Using his psychic abilities, he predicts trouble on the horizon. His premonition comes true with the arrival of a big coal mining company, seeking mining rights to a vast reserve of coal located beneath the local ranches. The ranchers' opposition leads them into a dangerous confrontation.

    Mr. Greer is an amazingly talented storyteller. He has brilliantly created a suspenseful, intriguing storyline with a captivating cast of unique, well-developed characters. His evocative, descriptive style superbly brings each scene to life. As I read, I had a true sense of what life on a Montana cattle ranch must be like, and all the hard work that's necessary to keep it running. I truly loved this entertaining novel and I definitely recommend it for all readers!

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    A wonderful story

    Teen T.J. Darley is driving on I-90 in Hardin, Montana when he picks up hitchhiker Spoon who is half Indian and half Black. He is wearing an expensive hat, but no boots. Sam tells T.J. he seeks his roots and believes he might find information on his past soon. T.J. questions the drifter's qualifications on ranch work and likes what he hears. He brings Spoon to his parents' spread The Willow Creek Ranch as he wants his family to hire Sam as they desperately need an experienced hand,

    Spoon proves he knows how to work at a ranch, but he also fears trouble is coming as he has had a premonition. A drought will add problems to the family as well as a coal company that wants the land cheap; Acosta Energy gets what it wants at the price it will pay. When the father of J.T. rejects the offer, all kinds of dirty tricks occur to destroy the family. However, the Darley brood and Spoon fight back, but during a confrontation an accident occurs that if not rectified could destroy all the ranchers and their families.

    SPOON is a fascinating character who while seeking his roots finds a family in the Darleys who treat him as one of them. In turn he has their backs against Acosta and its dirty tricks. Readers learn how much hard work it takes to run a Big Sky ranch successfully and how fast big business can run down a ranch or other property when the "need" suits the suits. Though his side of the dispute is apparent, Robert Greer has written a thought provoking work as environmentalists and energy companies fight over land usage.

    Harriet Klausner

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