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I have been singing the praises of Bruce Holbert’s debut novel, Lonesome Animals, since I put it down a few weeks ago. Before, actually. I was telling every reader I came into contact with to check this book out. It’s that good. Better than good. Holbert manages to do quite a lot in his first novel that hardened veterans have tried at and failed miserably. First off, he makes his main character, Russell Strawl, a violent, angry man—likeable. Heck, I didn’t just like him, I respected him. Strawl is a fully developed character, along with the rest of the characters—none of them are stock; all of them have their quirks and defining moments. This novel also bends the rules of genre, which I admire greatly. It’s a thriller, a whodunit, a serial killer novel, a western, all rolled up in beautifully written prose that leans toward literary. There should be...[read on]About The Coyote Tracker, from the publisher:
After a prostitute is murdered at the Easy Nickel saloon, Texas Ranger Josiah Wolfe finds his best friend, Scrap Elliot, in jail and wrongly accused. A strangely familiar horse and a mysterious code are the only clues Josiah has to prove his friend's innocence and save him from execution. Once a Yankee reporter gets involved, Josiah is led to Blanche Dumont's House of Pleasures, where he learns of a thieving, jail-broken accountant with strange ties to both the Easy Nickel and the town's wealthiest banker.Learn more about the book and author at Larry D. Sweazy's website and blog.
With a new railroad line blazing into town, everyone--especially the arrogant young sheriff--is determined to clean up Austin. Faced with the ticking clock of Scrap's impending trial, Josiah Wolfe must find out who it was that went one step too far.
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