Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book of the Week - A Promise to Kill by Erik Storey

Last year's Nothing Short of Dying was probably my favorite debut novel of the year. Colorado's Western Slope is kind of a small town even though area-wise it is larger than the 13 smallest states in the Union. If it were a state it would be the smallest in terms of population. So, when a local guy has a book come out that looks to be something my readers would like, I take notice.

Last year I was managing a library in Garfield County and trying to deal with a botched eye surgery which is why I figure I can't find the review I would have written about it. Anyway, I found it impossible to put down. It was set in places across the Western Slope from Grand Junction to the high country around Leadville. I booktalked it wherever and whenever I was booktalking for adults. I had wanted to bring Erik Storey to New Castle but with the larger libraries in Rifle (where there are some major scenes in the book) and Glenwood Springs they were more logical places for him to visit.

As I was reading this second Clyde Barr thriller, in which the kick-ass Billy Jack-like protagonist takes on an outlaw biker gang and terrorists when he finds a community on a Ute reservation under siege, I kept trying to figure out who I would cast in the movie because of its action movie feel and because I expect that if the Clyde Barr thrillers haven't yet been optioned for film they soon will be.

One of the things I love about Storey's books is the vivid depiction of the western landscape. I also enjoyed Lawana, a smart, resourceful, fierce, and educated Ute mother and physician. He treats his characters who are worthy of it with respect. Readers who love lots of action, flying lead, busted bones, blood, guts, and gore will revel in the carnage.



  1. Thank you so much for the review!

  2. You're welcome. I love being able to share books with people who will want to read them once they know about them.