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Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he trades his car for a horse and heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man - a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation - Clyde's dream of solitude is quickly dashed.
On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man's daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the economically depressed, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana's ranch to help out until her father is released from the hospital. He controls himself around the bikers, even when he sees them harass a few Native American women - but when the Reapers attack a local boy, Clyde has to do something. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde's efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana's, and Taylor's lives. And then the stakes ratchet up even more.
In the remote Utah desert, surrounded by enemies, with no law enforcement presence, and with communication effectively cut off, Clyde must find a way to save his new friends, defeat the gang, and, hopefully, escape with his own skin intact. A Promise to Kill is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, pushing its no-holds-barred hero to new levels of improvisation and bare-knuckled blunt force.
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By Seth Wilson on 06-04-18
Fast paced thriller!
In the tradition of almost any modern western, Clyde Barr is the gunslinger who come to town to clean up those who would threaten it. However, the people show themselves to be capable of cleaning things up themselves, so Clyde risks his life to help reduce the damage while uncovering a internation plot with much wider implications.
By Paul J. Garth on 05-16-18
A wonderful desert thriller
A damn good story, with an incredible narrator, and a wonderful main character, A Promise to Kill sees Clyde Barr, lost as ever, pulled into something much larger than anything he's ever dealt with before. While A Promise to Kill ditches the crime fiction grittiness at the heart of the first book in the series and exchanges it for a more standard thriller concept, Barr proves he has equally strong footing in both worlds. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Barr does next.