The Devil's Backbone (Paperback)

By Robert Greer, Manuel Ramos (Foreword by)

Frog, 9781583941638, 353pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2006



When Hambone Dolbey, a rodeo star with a deathly fear of water, turns up in a wet suit, floating in water, and quite dead, his friends know something is fishy. Two of them ask CJ Floyd to find their friend's killer. CJ quickly discovers that the dead man's colorful past encompassed a lot more then roping and riding like a kinky, forbidden, and potentially dangerous affair and some wild yarns about discovering diamonds on his property. And while CJ is unearthing a trail of shady land and diamond mining deals, he has to watch his back and his front. Not only is he hunting down a murderer who's already struck twice, but the sister of a bond skipper he's run down is laying a trap to kill him. Tightly plotted, and rich in character and detail, this classic contemporary mystery vividly evokes the new American West.

About the Author

Robert Greer lives in Denver where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He edits the High Plains Literary Review and review books for KUVO, a Denver NPR affiliate. Learn more about Robert Greer at

Praise For The Devil's Backbone

"A winning series."
Library Journal

"A highly readable, beautifully constructed narrative that speaks of the American West in a black voice. Floyd can visit this reviewer any time."
—Judith Kreiner, Washington Times