Chaff included: Kudos to R.S. "Rob" Guthrie





Authors are a quixotic breed.  Show them a windmill and stand back while they tilt at it.  Throw them into battle, under-supplied and harried, and they will storm the castle and fight to the death.

That’s why I love writers so much.  They are a different sort of cat, the type of people you want in your corner when the chips are down.

That’s why I like Rob Guthrie so much.

Rob Guthrie, aka R. S. Guthrie, is a force of nature. Those of you who follow his blog at Rob On Writing know that he is a man who speaks his mind and bares his soul.  He doesn’t hold anything back.  If he’s hacked off, he tells you.  If he’s proud about something, he beams.  If he is down in the dumps, you know it.

I have never met Rob or talked to him on the phone or hung out with him on Google +.  I only know him through his blog and his books.

Rob Guthrie
Rob Guthrie

That’s a good way to get to know someone.

If you visit Rob’s Amazon’s author page, you will find that he is the author of several books as well as a short story. He also edits a newspaper entitled Minus the Chaff (I love that newspaper’s name.  Hence the name for this blog,  since I, unlike Rob,  still manage to include some chaff every now and then whether I intend to or not).

Rob’s latest book, Blood Land, has received rave reviews.  Here’s the blurb from the product description on the book’s Amazon page.

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 LehaneTony 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.

Sounds like a good read, huh?

I remember reading one of Rob’s blogs a few months ago.  In it, he was addressing reviews and the difficult problems associated with them in the present publishing climate.  In the course of that discussion, Rob pointed out that he had disagreed with some of the 5 star reviews his early work received.  He didn’t think those books deserved those types of reviews.

Let me give you that again. Rob, the author, thought his books shouldn’t have received as many five star reviews as they did.

That tells me a lot about the man.

He is also no stranger to personal tragedy. I don’t know why, but the gods have apparently decided somewhere along the road that the deepest abyss is the only place we frail humans can develop character.  It is a great mystery to me, an unknowable thing beyond my finite sense of right or wrong, justice or injustice.  Yet despite his personal loss, Rob has come out on the other side and lived to fight another day.

I am glad he has.

Kudos to Rob Guthrie.  Please stop by Amazon and pick up a couple of his books.

I doubt Rob would  mind that a bit.  But if he does, he’ll tell you about it.


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