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Some things in the Big Bend never change. Sometimes we have to be wolves.
In the wake of Sheriff Stanford Ross' death, former deputy Chris Cherry - now Sheriff Cherry - is the new "law" in Big Bend County, yet still struggling to escape the long, dark shadow of that infamous lawman. As Chris tries to remake and modernize his corrupt department, bringing in new deputies like young America Reynosa and Ben Harper - a hard-edged, veteran homicide detective now lured out of retirement - Chris finds himself constantly staring down a town unwilling to change, friends and enemies unable to let go of the past, and the harsh limits of his badge.
But it's only when a local Rio Grande guide is brutally and inexplicably murdered, and America and Ben's ongoing investigation is swept aside by a secretive federal agent, that the novice sheriff truly understands just how tenuous his hold on that badge really is. And as other new threats rise right along with the unforgiving West Texas sun, nothing can prepare Chris for the high cost of crossing dangerous men like John Wesley Earl, a high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and patriarch of a murderous clan that's descended on Chris' hometown of Murfee, or Thurman Flowers, a part-time pastor and full-time white supremacist hell-bent on founding his violent Church of Purity in the very heart of the Big Bend.
Before long, Chris, America, and Ben are outmaneuvered, outnumbered, and outgunned -inexorably drawn into a nearly 20-year vendetta that began with a murdered Texas Ranger on a dusty highway outside of Sweetwater and that can end only with fire, blood, and bullets in Murfee's own sun-scorched streets.
Welcome back to the Big Bend.
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By bob fleischman on 06-03-18
One of the best books i've heard all year
I drive a lot and listen to audio books while I'm driving. I like crime/detective stories. This is @ the top of my list for the year and is better than his first book. The story brings us deeply into the lives of the bad guys and there's enough complexity with all the characters good and bad to grip the listener. Beyond the story the narration by T. Ryder Smith is A++. Changing accents and intonations from West Texas drawls to Mexican is outstanding. I highly recommend this book and the narrator.