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Last Stand at Bitter Creek Paperback – May 19, 2012
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
About the Author
"It is never too late to be what you might have been," wrote Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, a Victorian era English novelist and journalist. I clipped her quote from a local newspaper years ago and kept it where I could read it every day. Now, it stares at me from the back of my keyboard, leaning against the monitor—faded, yellowed, and even a little wrinkled. This happens to be my favorite quote because it delivers an elegant, yet powerful, message about dreams and possibilities. And, it parallels a quote of my own, although perhaps not as eloquent: "Don’t leave anything on the table"—a no-nonsense philosophy for living a full life. I began following my dream—to write—when I was old enough to grip a pencil. Over the years, I've written radio and television news, served as a correspondent for Associated Press, and worked as a freelancer, writing everything from articles to marketing and advertising copy. Along the way, I've met a colorful cast of characters some of whom inspired me to consider the possibility of telling stories of my own. I hope you found Last Stand at Bitter Creek an enjoyable reading adventure. Visit Tom at his website: www.tomrizzo.com Or contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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"Last Stand at Bitter Creek" has all the makings of a classic Western novel. Much of the story takes place in the West, particularly Wyoming, during the post Civil War years. It opens with a bang, it has a fantastic premise; a gold heist, murdered soldiers, and the theft of a priceless historical document. It has good guys and bad guys, a hero and a villain; it has beautiful, strong, independent-minded women. The plot is the stuff movies are made of.
But what I liked best about the novel is the larger theme it addresses. At what point does ambition become greed? And when does greed combine with excessive power to become an evil force? A sociopath with a force of cowboy thugs ready to do his bidding is hell-bent on abusing his wealth and power. He will stop at nothing; he will even kill his wife. It takes a strong, persistent and dedicated man (who gets by with a little help from his friends) to exact revenge for the villain's string of audacious crimes. Reading "Last Stand at Bitter Creek" reminded me why I like Westerns. -- Linda Collison, author of Barbados Bound.
Steele assigns his new Lieutenant and three troopers the task of escorting coffins of five dead soldiers whose bodies are being shipped home by train. But the coffins contain no bodies, only stolen gold and valuables, and a priceless historical document. Too late, after the train has been derailed at night by robbers, Bonner realizes he has been set up by Steele. Framed for three murders he didn't commit, and the theft of the coffins from the train, he is now a hunted man, desperate to clear his name.
On the run for three years, he is relentlessly pursued by a former Pinkerton detective, as well as gunmen working for Steele (who has changed his identity). The hunt will take Bonner (also using various assumed names) through a series of deadly encounters culminating in a climactic showdown at Bitter Creek.
Spiced with romance, and loosely based on actual historical events, Last Stand at Bitter Creek far outshines the average debut novel. Author Rizzo has a firm grasp of all the major elements that make a good novel: strong theme, original premise, clever plot, and fleshed out characters. This is especially true of the lead, Grant Bonner, who has enough human flaws to set him apart from the stereotypical western hero. A lucid narrative style that is easy to read adds to the appeal, as does the departure from the traditional formulaic western into a story that is far more offbeat.
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LAST STAND AT BITTER CREEK written by Tom Rizzo
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