Wyoming Book Reviews

Jul 7, 2017

Destiny at Dry Camp
By John D. Nesbitt
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale Cengage Learning [2017]

He appears out of the hazy mountains of Eastern Wyoming, to right old wrongs. J. R. Dunbar stirs up long-submerged conflicts and unravels a mysterious sequence of events while meting out justice in a time-honored Old West way, with his pistol. John Nesbitt’s fans will recognize Dunbar from his previous appearances in Dark Prairie (2013) and Death in Cantera (2016). As seen through the eyes of young Whit Barnett, the story unfolds at a relaxed pace with evidence uncovered through conversations with a variety of ranchers and townspeople. The tale builds to a surprising climax, but there are hints along the way for the careful reader. Destiny at Dry Camp is an interesting mix of murder mystery and western novel, so it should appeal to fans of both genres. Since the story stands on its own, it isn’t necessary to have read the previous two Dunbar novels before reading this one, but having read this book will make the reader want to track down Nesbitt’s other works.  Be sure to check out his website at www.johndnesbitt.com, or consult your local library.

Sandy Barstow, Head of Collection Development
University of Wyoming Libraries

Vicious Circle
By C.J. Box
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017

This latest installment in the Joe Pickett series is one of C.J. Box’s finest books yet. Revenge is the name of the game and Joe, along with his friend through thick and thin, Nate Romanowski, are playing a cat and mouse game that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Joe’s feelings of guilt about his part in the downfall of the Cates family plays a big part in Joe’s willingness to cut Dallas and his mother, Brenda, some slack, even as he realizes there’s bound to be a day of reckoning when Dallas is released from prison. This all changes when Joe’s family starts to be systematically stalked and attacked, and his house is burned to the ground. How many people will have to die to satisfy Dallas’s twisted sense of justice? Will Joe’s feelings of inadequacy in his ability to protect his family paralyze him or motivate him? Can Nate and Joe stop the cycle of revenge before it’s too late? Don’t miss this thriller page turner!

Twila Pilcher, Paraprofessional
Hulett School

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