My Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) team is coming through big time as I switch gears from my Jack McCoul series and introduce a new hero in a new thriller, The Sorrow Hand, set to release July 31. Their comments and insights have been invaluable as I shaped the story and now finalize the manuscript. For me, writing is a collaboration with my readers. To quote John Cheever, “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.” A heartfelt Thank You to the entire ARC Team! I’ve included some of their comments below. Frankly, I’m humbled.
The Sorrow Hand is a contemporary western thriller set in Harney County, Oregon in 1968. Nick Drake returns from Vietnam a war hero. He has a chest full of medals and enough demons to fill a duffle bag. He’s been trained to kill, but never retrained to rejoin society. Drake flees to the lonesome high desert in search of redemption. He takes a job as a backcountry ranger where the only conflicts are supposed to be keeping cattle from straying into a remote wildlife refuge. But then he stumbles across a girl’s body ritually placed in a gully. Her murder is only the beginning, and Drake must face humanity’s heart of darkness once again if he’s to stop a killer from turning more gullies into graves.
The ARC Team tells me it will fit right alongside Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, and Nevada Barr. Here’s what they’re saying:
- “Nick Drake is wonderfully complex. His backstory in Vietnam is beautifully (and horrifically) described.”
- “Got it on Friday and finished it on Saturday. An amazing read.”
- “I’m a huge fan of contemporary westerns married with a mystery. This nails it.”
- “Smart, thrilling, beautifully written, and action-packed.”
- “I absolutely loved the Native American language and myths.”
- “The prose crackles.”
- “The descriptions of the natural surroundings—the land, plants, and animals—put me right there. I could touch, smell, and hear it.”
Look for it!