Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What is Keir Graff reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Keir Graff, author of the novels Cold Lessons (under the pseudonym Michael McCulloch), My Fellow Americans, One Nation, Under God, and The Price of Liberty.

His entry begins:
I'm reading One for Hell, by Jada M. Davis, and loving it. Originally published as a Gold Medal paperback, and soon to be reprinted by the wonderful Stark House Press, it's a dark, bare-knuckled brawler set in a West Texas oil boomtown. There's a good ensemble of characters, but the story is mostly told by Willa Ree, a tough ex-con who drops off a freight train and decides the town of Breton is ripe for the plucking. By breakfast he's hired on to the local police force by a corrupt city councilman, and before long he's chief of police -- none of which stops him from a carrying out a campaign of burglaries. But Ree may be too smart for his own good. Or maybe he's not as smart as he thinks.

One for Hell is...[read on]
Among the early praise for The Price of Liberty:
"Graff's third novel, another winner, will appeal to those who like their thrillers slightly off-kilter in the tradition of Donald Westlake and Lawrence Block."
Library Journal

"Graff's cynical take on government waste and corporate greed plays well. McEnroe is as rugged as the desolate country he lives in, and his gritty do-what-ya-gotta-do actions keep the pages turning easily."
Publishers Weekly
Visit Keir Graff's website.

The Page 69 Test: One Nation, Under God.

The Page 69 Test: The Price of Liberty.

Writers Read: Keir Graff.

--Marshal Zeringue