“[So] good I wish I’d written it. The poetic and bloody ground of west Texas has given birth to a powerful new voice in contemporary western crime fiction.”—Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire series
In this gritty crime debut set in the stark Texas borderlands, an unearthed skeleton will throw a small town into violent turmoil.
Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee’s darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb’s father and Chris’s boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross.
Dark, elegiac, and violent, The Far Empty is a modern Western, a story of loss and escape set along the sharp edge of the Texas border. Told by a longtime federal agent who knows the region, it’s a debut novel you won’t soon forget.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We can’t think of another crime novel written by a veteran DEA agent with an intimate knowledge of the political and criminal turmoil of the Texas-Mexico border. The Far Empty is J. Todd Scott’s first book, which is remarkable given its confident scope and brilliance. Like a tornado, the story sucks multiple characters into the vortex. There’s murder, meth, and corrupt law enforcement, but also strained relationships, intelligent outsiders, and beautiful descriptions of nature. This harsh and action-packed thriller heralds a talented new voice in contemporary Westerns.
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Ah, small border town with a pit viper of a sheriff and a cast of damaged souls who don’t know any better...at first. How good people can be brought to the brink of disaster through a series of seemingly innocuous decisions...then courageously clawing their way out. Saddle up and buckle down for the ride!
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Started ok got better and better. I think the author became more skillful as he wrote this first novel and is going to be a great writer. Good character development, not predictable, a good read. Read this book!
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