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Baron Birtcher. Reckoning (Open Road Media, Price TBA).
Ty Dawson is a small-town sheriff facing big-city problems, in this riveting crime thriller from the award-winning author of Fistful of Rain. As lawman, rancher, and Korean War veteran, Ty Dawson has his share of concerns in the southern Oregon county he calls home. Despite how rural it may be, Meriwether County can’t keep modernity at bay. The 1970s have changed America—and Meriwether won’t be spared.
A standoff looms when the US Fish & Wildlife Service seeks to separate longtime cattleman KC Sheridan from his water supply—ensuring the death of his livestock if they succeed. If that’s not enough trouble, a Portland detective is found dead in a fly-fishing resort cabin. Though the Portland police, including the victim’s own partner, are eager to write off the tragedy as a suicide, Ty has his own thoughts on the matter—as well as evidence that points to murder.
His suspicions soon mire him in a swamp of corruption that threatens nearly everyone around him. Turns out that greed and evil are contagious—and they take down men both great and small . . .
Baron R Birtcher is the LA TIMES and IMBA BESTSELLING author of the hardboiled Mike Travis series (Roadhouse Blues, Ruby Tuesday, Angels Fall, and Hard Latitudes), the award-winning Ty Dawson series (South California Purples, Fistful Of Rain, and Reckoning), as well as the critically-lauded stand-alone, Rain Dogs.
Baron is a five-time winner of the SILVER FALCHION AWARD, and the WINNER of 2018's Killer Nashville READERS CHOICE AWARD, as well as 2019's BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR for Fistful Of Rain.
He has also had the honor of having been named a finalist for the NERO AWARD, the LEFTY AWARD, the FOREWORD INDIE AWARD, the 2016 BEST BOOK AWARD, the Pacific Northwest's regional SPOTTED OWL AWARD, and the CLAYMORE AWARD.
James L Thane. A Shot to the Heart (Moonshine Cove, $18.00).
Laura Martin's father has been callously murdered and now only Laura herself can bring a ruthless killer to justice
At thirty-five, Cyndi Parker is nearing the end of her shelf life as a sexy convention model. Determined to enjoy a life of ease and luxury, she seduces and marries Terry Martin, a wealthy widower thirty years her senior. Fifteen months later, she coldheartedly murders Terry in a manner that will make it appear that he has died naturally of a massive stroke. The scheme should net Cyndi an inheritance approaching ten million dollars, but it doesn't account for Terry's daughter, Laura, a cardiologist who knows more than a little about strokes and who is convinced that Cyndi has murdered her father.
Laura begins to build a case against Cyndi, but Cyndi is executing a long and carefully calculated plan. She'll stop at nothing to protect the prize she's finally won, and as the two beautiful, clever, and determined adversaries circle each other, the battle may have deadly consequences for both.
Editorial Reviews "A Shot to the Heart is an edgy thriller, pitting two women against each other in an escalating war of wills-one seeking justice, the other evading it. Both are prepared to cross every line to achieve their aim, regardless of the consequences. A wild ride to the disturbing conclusion."- Patricia Smiley, author of The Second Goodbye "A great twist on the cat and mouse game. You know who did it and how but will they get away with it? You'll burn through the pages to find out."- S.G. Redling, author of Flowertown
"Fatal Blow is one of the best procedurals I've read in years."- Christine Carbo, Award-winning author of The Wild Inside author of The Long and Faraway Gone
James L. Thane was born and raised in western Montana. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa. His principal area of specialization was the history of the American West. He has worked as a janitor, a dry cleaner, an auto parts salesman, a sawyer, an ambulance driver and a college professor.
Always an avid reader, Thane was introduced to the world of crime fiction at a tender age by his father and mother who were fans of Erle Stanley Gardner and Agatha Christie, respectively. He began his own writing career by contributing articles on intramural basketball games to his high school newspaper.
While working as an historian, Thane wrote one non-fiction book and a number of magazine and journal articles. He also wrote and produced two television series for PBS affiliate, WQPT.
In his off-duty hours, Jim enjoys reading, music, and movies. He also likes hiking, golf, and tennis, though he is, sadly, much better at hiking than he is at golf and tennis. He now divides his time between Scottsdale, Arizona and Lakeside, Montana.
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