Do werewolves stalk the streets of Brokeheart, Colorado?
When drifter, gambler, and newspaper reporter Kepler settles for a job digging a grave in Brokeheart in July 1879, he finds himself at the center of a terrifying mystery. Was the victim who's final home Kepler dug merely a drunk who fell in the alley and was set upon by animals? And what of the rumor of a beautiful angel hovering over the body, her lips dripping with blood?
When wealthy European hunter Nicolae and his niece, the alluring and sensual Landry, appear in town at the same time and offer Kepler a position overseeing the construction of a lodge in the mountains above Brokeheart, it's more money than penniless Kepler has imagined in his life. But he soon questions whether the cost of the work is worth its reward.
As more mutilated bodies are discovered, will Kepler end the trail of death and destruction? For the people of Brokeheart and Kepler himself, it may already be too late.
About the Author
Kevin Wolf’s debut novel, The Homeplace is the winner of the 2015 Tony Hillerman Award for best debut mystery set in the Southwest. The great-grandson of Colorado homesteaders, he enjoys fly fishing, old Winchesters, 1950's Western movies, and the occasional bump in the night. He lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife and two beagles.
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Reviewers call this novel ‘weird western’. I, however, reserve my judgement. I think Brokeheart is part mystery, part horror and only a little part western and only when it comes to the setting of the novel (where and when). Brokeheart is the story of a young reporter who goes around by the name Kepler. He keeps running away from misfortunes and failures in his life only to end up in a tiny mining town of Brokeheart. Kepler is hungry. He is trying to carve a better life for himself, to start afresh. Kepler is hungry for money, fame and adventure. He gets it all in Brokeheart. He gets more than he can handle. Strange things start happening in town as soon as Kepler arrives. People go missing only to be found dead in the woods. Deaths seem to be suicides or animal attacks, but Kepler sees more. Town sheriff Beard is doing his best to keep town safe and sane and does all he can not to cause panic. But in the end, even he cannot hide from the truth. And the truth comes from fancy train carriage. A mysterious couple lives in this carriage. They travel wherever they fancy. They spend money with no reserve. They have parties in the nights. They hunt. Kepler and Beard face an unnatural enemy, a very hungry enemy and a very ruthless one to boot. Kepler does get his fame and his money. But it turns out to be more than he can handle. ________________ In a sentence? I enjoyed the weirdness of this western. The story of Kepler is, once again, a story of traveller who is hungry for life and simply does not know how much he can handle until he is faced with all of it and more. It is a story of good versus evil. It is a reminder that evil, true evil, does not stop, does not cumber itself within rational limits. This evil, be in human or supernatural form, is as primal and anarchic as it gets. One can either run or hunt it… as long as one lives. Kepler’s story does not end with Brokeheart. It never can. The evil lives on so does Kepler’s quest to get rid of it. Brokeheart is the story of values and their relativity. Be it new shoes or dollar bills, name on by line or picture in the paper. Everything comes at a price. And only truly important things remain. Read this story if you are brave enough. Read this story if you still believe in good versus evil. But unlike many other stories, evil in Brokeheart does not have any redeeming qualities. Be warned.