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Red Stick One Paperback – April 2, 2014
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From Publishers Weekly
The 1974 murder of Tom Jay Harding, a Florida Fish and Game officer, triggers a quest for revenge in Kirkeby’s taut thriller. Flashbacks to 1958 provide the backstory of Harding’s deepening relationship with Virgil Cleary, a 10-year-old boy he first encountered trespassing. Impressed by Virgil’s gift for tracking wildlife, Harding gives Virgil a chance to work off any potential fine by helping out at the Fish and Game office doing odd chores. Gradually, Harding moves into the role of surrogate father to the boy. Meanwhile, a little girl goes missing, and Harding wants to make use of Virgil’s skills to find her, despite his youth and the inherent threat posed by her abductor. Virgil later embarks on a search for his benefactor’s killer that takes him to Casper, Wyo., where his growing feelings for a woman he encounters there complicate his hunt. Kirkeby skillfully blends suspense and character, though readers should be prepared for some heavy dialect (“We could ’a been friends, you ’n me”). (BookLife)\n
...original, suspenseful...it's a fun ride... --Kirkus Reviews
a tightly-written novel of pursuit and redemption...a breathtaking tracking sequence...a pleasure to read. --Chris Camuto, Grays Sporting Journal
...written with precision on every page. This rousing thriller/adventure novel of pursuit has a hero who is easy to root for. I am a big fan of the outdoor adventure novels of C.J. Box and Kirkeby belongs in that lofty league. --David Willson, VVA Books in Review
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Top customer reviews
I liked the subject matter of the hero's expertise in the outdoors and his ability to track animals and people.It was only the subject matter that boosted it to four stars for me..
It would have been better without the love story. While there were some twists in the plot, that part was predictable and detracted from the rest of the book. Further it was a little too polictically correct for me with a white rancher widow falling for a younger half breed game warden recent Vietnam veteran who is himself a fugitive at the moment.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. It was just good enough so that I will read the author's other book..