Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Far Empty

The Big Bend of the Rio Grande was outlaw country. Always had been, always would be.”

This first novel from J. Todd Scott is a fine example of modern Texas noir. A Federal law enforcement agent himself the author brings a feel of grit and authenticity to the bad doin’s in Texas Outlaw country and he does so with a surprising amount of elegance and poetry in his prose.

If I have a complaint with this novel is that the opening is so strong we are left a little wanting in passages that give us distance from the malevolence that starts us off. This “complaint” is faint as there is much here to admire and enjoy.

I look forward to seeing what Mr. Scott dishes up next.

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