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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About the Author
"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).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been really looking forward to reading this book for a long time now. When I was sent a professional ARC copy of this book by the author, I was most happy. I was asked to give my most honest review of the book, so here I go. I have to give it 5 penguins (and only because I cannot give it 15). After having read R.S. Guthrie’s two other books, I thought that he couldn’t write a better book, since those two books were amazing. I was wrong. This book is a masterpiece. Really. Trust my words. I have read lots of books along my life, so I know when a book is a winner. And this book IS a winner. This book has been a delightful surprise, since it is different to the rest of books already published by this author. Based on a small town in Wyoming, this book is wonderfully crafted. It is a book that will keep you turning the pages till you reach the end. I read it in one seating, I simply couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know what was going to happen next, and then next, and then there was something else that hooked me even more. That’s when you can say that a book is a GOOD book. Sheriff Pruett thinks that he cannot live in a quieter and more peaceful town in Wyoming, but a terrible event will prove him that life is not that easy. Trying to solve a murder case while fighting his inner demons at the same time, Sheriff Pruett will uncover a tangle of secrets and terrible things from the past, things that will shake his whole world. Odd relationships, family problems, greed, land issues, and murder will revolve around Sheriff Pruett’s world, making everything dangerous around him and the people related to him. A very clever plot, it will keep you pinned to your chair till you finish reading, thanks to the different plot points being revealed at very well chosen times along the narration of the events, and thanks to the totally unexpected twists in the story. There are enough twists as to make you gasp, shudder, and exclaim “really?”, or all at the same time. Get immersed in this amazing story and let it lead you in an incredible travel through the darkest secrets of the West, where things like greed, racism, and family fights can lead to darker stuff. While reading this book, you can feel that the author really loved writing it. You can feel it. You can feel how he caressed and cradled every single word before putting them to lay down on the pages. Really, this book is too good as to be properly reviewed by me. So I am not going to tell more about why this book is a masterpiece, because it IS a MASTERPIECE. Just get your copy and check by yourself. You won’t be disappointed. I can assure you that you have a winner in this book.
This book is absolutely enthralling. I am so blessed to have received and autographed copy of this amazing book. This book is so vividly descriptive of the exquisitely beautiful Wyoming countryside. I know because I've been there and it is amazingly beautiful with its wild horses running free. The characters in this book are so powerfully well developed that I actually felt l was there with them. Each chapter will capture you with its twists and turns. You never know what is going to happen next and the ending will leave you with answers that you never expected. An amazingly well written story. You will love it beginning to end, I promise you. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PICK UP THIS BOOK, if you don't you are missing a great storyteller at his very best! Bravo R. S. Guthrie!
Wise Bear Books Reviews "Blood Land" by R.S. Guthrie -- 4 Paws! Blood Land is a modern day western that is aptly titled. Luckily the author created a large cast of characters to draw upon because the body count in this story is extremely high as the title reflects. 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. While Blood Land seems to have its roots in a Hatfields versus McCoys type dynamic, the depth of the story goes far beyond any conventional family drama or western for that matter. The story begins with the death of the local lawman's wife, Bethy McIntyre Pruett. Sheriff James Pruett is not only left with the task of dealing with his wife's death who is shot by her ornery, troubled brother, Ty McIntyre, but Pruett must also assume the responsibility for investigating the circumstances surrounding her murder. The sheer idea of interrogating one’s in-laws is both amusing and voyeuristically satisfying in a strange way. Wind River, Wyoming is a small town so Pruett has no choice but to work the case if he wants to bring his wife's killer to justice. Although Ty seems the likely suspect, Pruett begins to have doubts. Sheriff Pruett is an upright, dedicated law enforcement officer who is forced to once again confront his addictions and repair a strained relationship with his only child, Wendy—a daughter who returns home in the aftermath of her mother's death. Their fragile truce is tested when she shows up with an attorney she has hired to represent her uncle/defendant at trial. And if that isn't enough, she becomes romantically involved with the attorney—a much older man closer in age to her father—causing a deeper chasm between father and daughter. There's a lot going on in this well-thought-out, complex story. In fact, it might take a few chapters for readers to get their bearings in understanding the various characters as well as family relationships. However, the character development is so professional that the real issue is not needing a scorecard to keep track of everyone, but the fact that the author deliberately withholds important information from readers which, when certain details are revealed well into the story, feels less like a plot twist and more like a breach of disclosure. Don't be surprised if you have to re-check previous chapters to see if you missed something—you haven't. On one hand, this element makes the story that much more interesting, but it only works in the context of a novel. If this were a screenplay, there's no way this added surprise would work. We bring this issue up primarily so readers don't question their reading comprehension, but also because we believe this story would make a terrific movie. We just didn't think this extra element was necessary and that the story can stand on its own. Overall, this book represents what’s right about the digital publishing world. Although a novel, the book could have benefitted from a table of contents for navigation purposes, but this is a minor complaint for a book that we thoroughly enjoyed. We highly recommend this well crafted novel. Don't let the western setting throw you. It's a fast, fun read for all lovers of thrillers and suspense. This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.