"Ex-Union soldier Roamer, 28, is a woodsman, a homely man with a history of trouble. While waiting for another Roamer and Maple Jack mystery, fans should enjoy Mayo's new series, The Outfit: To Hell and Back (2016)."
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North of Forsaken. Mayo, Matthew P. (Author) Jan 2017. 270 p.
FiveStar, hardcover, $25.95. (9781432832414). e-book, $3.99. (9781432834906).
Ex-Union soldier Roamer, 28, is a woodsman, a homely man with a history of trouble. Trouble of the sort like when he agrees to help his childhood friend Thomas locate a ranch he inherited. The story starts slowly. Roamer describes every trout tickled and rabbit skinned on the trail while riding north with Thomas and his girlfriend, Carla. Overnight, something awful happens. His buddy Maple Jack, a day behind, finds Roamer alone and bleeding. The two press on, bury the victim of a grisly hanging, and get caught in crossfire. When Roamer finally gets out of trouble, he resolves his mixed feelings ... and explains his tragic past. ...The woodsman's motto is, "The less I have, the more I am." While waiting for another Roamer and Maple Jack mystery, fans should enjoy Mayo's new series, The Outfit: To Hell and Back (2016).
About the Author
His non-fiction books include COWBOYS, MOUNTAIN MEN & GRIZZLY BEARS; BOOTLEGGERS, LOBSTERMEN & LUMBERJACKS; SOURDOUGHS, CLAIM JUMPERS & DRY GULCHERS; HAUNTED OLD WEST; HORNSWOGGLERS, FOURFLUSHERS & SNAKE-OIL SALESMEN, and many more. He also collaborated with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, on a series of popular coffee-table books: MAINE ICONS; NEW HAMPSHIRE ICONS; and VERMONT ICONS.
When they're not scaling mountain peaks or fording raging rivers, the Mayos run GRITTY PRESS (GrittyPress.com) and rove North America in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure. Stop by Matthew's website (MatthewMayo.com) for a chin-wag. And be sure to visit him on Facebook: facebook.com/matthew.p.mayo.