The Barnes & Noble Review
In Homefront, another excellent Chuck Logan thriller featuring Phil Broker (After the Rain, Vapor Trail, Absolute Zero, et al.), the former cop and undercover agent is spending some much-needed downtime in a remote resort town aptly named Glacier Falls with his wife and eight-year old daughter. Little does he know he's just entered "Minnesota Appalachia," where yokel warfare has been turned into a sadistic art form.
Broker's wife, Nina Pryce, is a special forces operative in the U.S. Army, is on extended sick leave after suffering severe physical and psychological injuries in her last mission. While she struggles to fix herself -- no doctors, no drugs, no hospitals -- Broker and his daughter, Kit, try to enjoy the beautifully bleak, wolf-inhabited wilderness around them. But roving lupine packs turn out to be the least of the family's concerns: When Kit stands up to a third-grade bully and promptly decks him, she begins an overblown feud that involves the bully's parents, who are best described as "savage white trash." Broker unknowingly pits himself and his family against an incestuous clan of backwoods criminals involved in hardcore methamphetamine production and distribution. A punctured tire, a mangled stuffed animal, and a stolen kitten are only a prelude of much more violent things to come…
An addictively page-turning novel about love, devotion, and oh-so-satisfying vengeance, this chillingly intimate story is a perfect example of a storyteller in top form. Logan has hit a home run with Homefront. Paul Goat Allen
U.S. Army Maj. Nina Pryce and ex-undercover detective Phil Broker return from Logan's After the Rain in this follow-up thriller. After Pryce endures a debilitating psychological and physical breakdown from a nasty tangle with a psychopath, the estranged spouses reunite. Eager for a fresh start, Broker, Pryce and plucky young daughter Karson ("Kit") move from St. Paul to bucolic, frosty Glacier Falls, Minn., home to howling wolves and an elementary school mixed in with "all the special-ed students in the county." When Kit gives playground bully Teddy-scion of the town's notoriously disruptive, methamphetamine-cooking Klumpe family-a black eye, a blood feud is ignited that accelerates with increasing menace. A slashed tire, a stolen cat and a housebreak all lead up to Broker being outed as a former cop-the very same cop who was involved in the death of Jojo, the son of Danny Turrie, Klumpe compadre and imprisoned murderer. Revenge plots boil as Turrie looks for a way to get at Broker-and his family. Logan is terrific on the particular ex-army, ex-cop tension between Pryce and Broker, and gives his bleak rural setting real menace. With a special low "summer price," Logan's latest should easily cool numerous beachgoers with icy thrills. 8-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Ex-cop Phil Broker (After the Rain, 2004, etc.) goes for needed peace and quiet to Minnesota's backwoods, where an old enemy goes for Broker. The remote resort of Glacier Falls seems ideal for what ails the Broker family, in particular Major Nina Pryce, Broker's formidable wife. Usually formidable, that is. At the moment, in the aftermath of a bloody shootout that ended the life of her partner and very nearly her own, she's suffering both physically (shattered shoulder) and emotionally (shattered psyche). It's the latter condition that prompted Broker to seek the therapy of new, underpopulated surroundings. Even in Glacier Falls, however, trouble homes in on the family. It starts with a mundane schoolyard incident involving Kit, Broker's eight-year-old daughter, and escalates in a hurry. Teddy Klumpe, ranking bully of Glacier Elementary, steals Kit's gloves, then shoves her about in order to underscore his higher place in the natural order of things. He gets his nose solidly punched in retaliation. Young Klumpe complains to Daddy. Daddy Klumpe, intimidatingly large, thinks it behooves him to make the father atone for the sins of the daughter and takes a swing at Broker, who puts him down with humiliating ease. That sets off a chain of events leading eventually to Danny Turrie, a convicted murderer currently doing life in Stillwater Prison. Jailed he may be, but Turrie has friends-plus an unrelenting hate for his beloved son's killer, a man whose identity has remained a mystery until now. The information goes in, and Turrie reaches out: an ice-eyed, extraordinarily adept gunman finds his way to Glacier Falls. He's looking for Broker. Gratuitous flashbacks slow the pace from time to time,but Logan writes well, and his people grab hard. Author tour
Logan uses his considerable skills to provide lots of believable suspense.
Taut, terrific storytelling, with a methamphetamine angle that gives the small-town showdown headline-like currency.