With a contemporary Western flavor and plenty of intrigue and suspense, Gary Hart's latest novel Durango brings readers into the world of the small southwest Colorado town as the close-knit community is rocked by scandal and controversy. As a drawn-out battle for water rights looms over the town, one of Durango's most eminent citizens, stoic former politician Daniel Sheridan, is implicated in a shocking transgression, forcing him to clear his name and resolve the contention that has weighed upon his hometown for decades. Drawing on the classic themes of loyalty, honor, redemption, and the land, Durango presents an unforgettable saga of the American west.
Gary Hart has been and continues to be one of America's great public servants for almost four decades, from his role in the 1972 McGovern campaign to his years as a visionary senator, from his leadership on national security matters before and after 9/11 to his contributions as a respected statesman on various issues. He is the author of several books, including The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Seasons in a Burnished Life, as well as two novels published under the pseudonym John Blackthorn. Hart lives in Denver, Colorado.
Though failing to deliver on its promise of suspense, former Colorado senator Hart's newest (after The Thunder and the Sunshine) is an honest tale of folks trying to right a wrong and do what's best for their community Durango, Colo. Unfairly driven from public office 12 years earlier amid false accusations of corruption, Dan Sheridan has since led a quiet life. When an idealistic young reporter and his wise editor uncover the truth about the scandal, they decide to print their findings to restore Dan's reputation, despite his desire to let the dead dog lie. However, the impending news story and Dan's reluctant involvement in settling a water rights dispute between the town, the Feds, and the Ute Indians will expose a lot of the past he would rather forget. The author's portrayal of the West's water rights issue is rich with historical and contemporary significance, and he deftly balances politics and economics with nature and human relationships. Hart's rendering of Dan as a steadfast, moral man is an admirable example of virtue. Despite a predictable ending, this is a powerful statement about living an honorable life.