By Neil McMahon
HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780060792220, 340pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2008
After a failed career and marriage in California, Hugh Davoren is back in Helena, Montana, as a construction hand at the old Pettyjohn Ranch, home of many childhood memories including the seemingly accidental death of his teenaged first love, Celia.
Hugh is just trying to get through another long workday on the ranch when he discovers two dead stallions. A further probe into the matter only pushes Hugh into dangerous corners, as he finds that the ranch's slick new owner, his beautiful wife, and even old Mr. Pettyjohn have terrible secrets to keep.
“McMahon is a writer and a half…. his words carry for miles.”
-New York Times Book Review
“McMahon . . . delivers his finest achievement to date with this beautifully written stand-alone set in contemporary Montana.”
“McMahon has now found his true voice with this splendid and suspenseful novel . . . It is the poignant and knowing prose that elevates this novel to literature.”
-Otto Penzler, New York Sun