The latest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, Bad Country is a lean, mean, noir western mystery as harsh and dry as the remote corner of Arizona known to locals as "El Hoyo” where our hero, Rodeo Garnet lives. A former rodeo cowboy, Rodeo gets by as a private investigator, bounty hunter, and warrant server. Rodeo takes on a case involving an elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation who has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson. Rodeo and his faithful old dog chase the twisted trail of clues in his trusty (and rusty) pick-up as he also tracks down information on related cases involving a series of murders, including one where the body was found in his own backyard. I suspect that fans of Craig Johnson and Michael McGarrity will want to check out Bad Country, making sure to have an icy beverage close by.— From Linda's Latest List
WINNER OF THE SPUR AWARD FOR BEST WESTERN CONTEMPORARY NOVEL
EDGAR AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL
SHAMUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL
Rodeo Grace Garnet lives with his old dog in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as El Hoyo. Retired from the rodeo circuit and scraping by on piecework as a bounty hunter, warrant server, and divorce snoop, he doesn't have much choice but to say yes when hired to solve the murder of an Indian teenager, whose death is part of a mysterious rompecabeza--a classic crime puzzler--that includes multiple killings, cold-blooded betrayals, and low-down scheming, with Rodeo caught in the middle.
Bad Country is a noir novel that is as deep and twisty as a desert arroyo. With confident, accomplished prose, CB McKenzie captures the rough-and-tumble outer reaches of the Southwest in a transfixingly original style that transcends the traditional crime novel.