by Baron Birtcher
September 4 - 29, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
As lawman, rancher, and Korean War veteran, Ty Dawson has his share of problems in the southern Oregon county he calls home. Despite how rural it is, Meriwether can’t keep modernity at bay. The 1970s have changed the United States—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 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 . . .
"Combines the mystery and honesty of Craig Johnson’s Longmire with the first-person narration of a fiercely independent Oregon character."
~ Sheila Deeth, author of John’s Joy
"A masterful work of a time gone by . . . Ty Dawson is a cowboy, lawman, father and philosopher like none other."
~ Neal Griffin, Los Angeles Times–bestselling author of The Burden of Proof
"Outstanding... Readers will crave more from Dawson."
~ Publishers Weekly
This novel explores events like the recent standoff between ranchers and federal agents over land use. Dawson is a tough hero who reminds me of Longmire. He is a complex man with a history. He has a ranch himself so he knows what is at stake when the federal government wants to cut off the water supply of another rancher. I admire Dawson's attempts to defuse a potentially deadly situation. The corruption at the root of those attacking the rancher goes deep. I am not sure I understand all of Dawson's efforts at uncovering the villains but he certainly was tenacious.
This is a good novel for readers who like contemporary westerns with a tough and unforgiving lawman. Dawson is up against a formidable foe and he doesn't back down. He is not shy at taking the law into his own hands when those responsible fail at the task. If you like a tough lawman who won't pull any punches, you'll like Dawson.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Neo-western crime thriller
Published by: Open Road Integrated Media
Publication Date: September 2023
Number of Pages: 300
Series: Sheriff Ty Dawson Series, #3
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Open Road Media
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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.
Baron's writing has been hailed as "The real deal" by Publishers Weekly; "Fast Paced and Engaging" by Booklist; and "Solid, Fluent and Thrilling" by Kirkus.
"YOU WANT TO READ BIRTCHER'S BOOKS, THEN YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THEM" -- Don Winslow, NYT Bestselling author
"BIRTCHER IS PART POET, PART PHILOSOPHER, AND A CONSUMMATE WRITER" -- Reed Farrel Coleman, NYT Bestselling author
"REMINISCENT OF THE LATE, GREAT ELMORE LEONARD" -- Shots Magazine (UK)
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)