The year is 1973, and the last of America's soldiers are returning home from Vietnam, often shouted down and spat upon by protesters, while the first toxic cracks of public mistrust have begun to appear at the highest levels of government. The American Indian Movement has entered into a bloody occupation of Wounded Knee, gas shortages have pushed the economy into deep recession, and violent civil unrest is captured in living color and televised nightly on the evening news.
But rural Meriwether County, tucked away amid the sweeping river valleys and serrated mountain ridges of southern Oregon, has been left largely untouched by time-until now.
Cattle rancher Ty Dawson, a complex man tormented by elements of his own past, is involuntarily conscripted to assist local law enforcement when a herd of wild mustangs is rounded up and corralled in anticipation of a government auction, igniting the passions of political activist Teresa Pineu, who threatens to fan the flames of an uprising that grows rapidly out of control.
As the past collides with the present and hostility escalates into brutality and bloodshed, Ty is drawn into a complex web of predatory alliances and corruption where he must choose to stand and fight or watch as the last remnants of the American West are consumed in a lawless conflagration of avarice and cruelty.
Set against the rugged backdrop of Oregon's vast ranch lands, South California Purples is a novel of loyalty, passion, and murder, as seen through the eyes of a cast of unforgettable characters and crafted with lyrical prose and dialogue. It is the first in a new series that weaves together the sometimes poignant, often violent, strains of the 1970s and the human costs of a nation in transition.
|Publisher:||The Permanent Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
About the Author
R. Birtcher spent a number of years as a professional musician and is the founder of an independent record label. His first two mystery novels, Roadhouse Blues and Ruby
Tuesday were on the bestsellers list of the Los Angeles Times
and the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Angels Fall,
the third installment in the critically acclaimed Mike Travis series, was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Award (the "Lefty") for Best Law
Enforcement / Police Procedural novel of the year. Rain Dogs, his first stand-alone novel, was a Claymore Award finalist.
Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash's guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney's Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renee Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.