Blood Land by R. S. Guthrie

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    It will sharpen your crime senses and reveal shocking discoveries in a town begging for answers.

    Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core. When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

    Publisher’s Summary:

    Crime’s an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order.

    Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core. When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

    In the tradition of Dennis Lehane, Tony Hillerman, and James Lee Burke, Guthrie’s sparse, haunting storytelling compliments his talent for creating richly-drawn, unflinching law officers with human frailties and a sense of justice.

    Review by Russell Blake:

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    Blood Land is that rarest of beasts, a novel that works at a number of levels. The characters are richly drawn, the plot compelling, the atmosphere palpable, the writing remarkable for its depth and lucidity, as well as the maturity of the choices the author makes – the restraint and the plain old good taste.

    There is a marvelous economy to the prose and yet it has tremendous impact. I kept thinking as I read that this is how it should be done. I was asked today for some recommended reading by a fan, and I recommended Blood Land without hesitation. That pretty much says it all. Deserving of more than five stars, this is a remarkable book in an ocean of mediocrity.

    I sincerely hope it gets the attention it deserves. We should be hearing a lot more from Mr. Guthrie, who is an obvious talent with a prodigious gift.

    Review by Valerie Caraotta:

    It is commonly said that money is the root of all evil. Author R.S. Guthrie, in his book Blood Land will take you on a wild West Wind River episode in rural Wyoming where a shot fired and the death of Bethy Pruitt would bring out the demons of blame and an intense journey of investigation. Sheriff Pruitt, war veteran and much esteemed among his community, would survive the biggest battle of all which would be his own internal struggles and sense of convictions strongly held.

    A land and Will dispute over millions of dollars and the untimely death of Sheriff Pruitt’s wife Bethy set in motion the likely culprit. Discoveries however and motives from the most unlikely, as well as further murders will keep you questioning who the culprits are page after page. Guthrie takes you inside the dynamics of the McIntyre family as well as Pruitt’s own trying relationships and through this will you gain the full emotional feel of how hatred, emptiness, greed, and guilt forge the plot. Discover how assuming judgement must be challenged and how often, what a man sows that too does he reap.

    This is a brilliant masterpiece that will keep you spinning in many directions. It will sharpen your crime senses and reveal shocking discoveries in a town begging for answers, Author Guthrie had me there, far from home. Excellently written and I can’t wait to read his other volume Money Land. If I could give it 6 stars I would.