Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel

As they ride across the barren outback in pursuit, their harsh and horrifying journey will have a devastating impact on Tommy, tormenting him for the rest of his life—and will hold enduring consequences for a young country struggling to come into its own. Recreating a period of australian and british history as evocative and violent as the american frontier era, race, guilt, and faith that combines the insightfulness of Philipp Meyer’s The Son, the atmospheric beauty of Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist, Only Killers and Thieves is an unforgettable story of family, empire, manhood, and the raw storytelling power of Ian McGuire’s The North Water.

But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, fourteen-year-old Tommy and sixteen-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy. Thirsting for vengeance against the man they believe has wronged them—their former Aboriginal stockman—the distraught brothers turn to the ruthless and cunning John Sullivan, the wealthiest landowner in the region and their father’s former employer.

Sullivan gathers a posse led by the dangerous and fascinating Inspector Edmund Noone and his Queensland Native Police, an infamous arm of British colonial power charged with the "dispersal" of indigenous Australians to "protect" white settler rights. Two brothers are exposed to the brutal realities of life and the seductive cruelty of power in this riveting debut novel—a story of savagery and race, injustice and honor, set in the untamed frontier of 1880s Australia—reminiscent of Philipp Meyer’s The Son and the novels of Cormac McCarthy.

An epic tale of revenge and survival, only killers and Thieves is a gripping and utterly transporting debut, bringing to vivid life a colonial Australia that bears a striking resemblance to the American Wild West in its formative years. It is 1885, and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family.

When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival.

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel

Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted '40 Ford coupe. A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction. Robert morgan, whiskey-runners, award-winning author taylor brown explores a world of folk healers, New York Times bestselling author of Gap CreekIn Gods of Howl Mountain, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Bootlegger rory docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. His grandmother, maybelline “granny May” Docherty, opposes this match for her own reasons, believing that "some things are best left buried.

A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother - the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word. Between deliveries to roadhouses, and private clients, evades federal agents, he lives with his formidable grandmother, brothels, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner.

In the mill town at the foot of the mountains - a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing - Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher. When rory's life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows.

The River of Kings: A Novel

Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, the black-water river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, direct descendants of eighteenth-century Highland warriors, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. Named one of the top 25 best novels of 2017 by Paste Magazine!“The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since Deliverance.

Howard frank mosher, author of god's kingdomin the river of kings, their father’s tangled past, bestselling author of Fallen Land Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands—two brothers’ journey down an ancient river, and the buried history of the river’s earliest people—to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

The altamaha river, georgia’s “Little Amazon, ” is one of the last truly wild places in America. As the brothers proceed downriver, the first european artist in North America, their story alternates with that of Jacques le Moyne, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes.

Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, the River of Kings is Taylor Brown’s second novel: a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, and illustrated with drawings that survived the 1564 expedition, myth, and the shadows of family secrets. Hunter is a college student, lawton a navy seal on leave; they were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve.

The altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America. Brothers hunter and lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea.

Fallen Land: A Novel

An indie next pick and an okra 2016 winter selection!fallen land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Ava and callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South.

. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman's March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake.

Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, Fallen Land is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel by award-winning young author Taylor Brown.


High White Sun

In the wake of sheriff stanford ross's death, former deputy Chris Cherry--now Sheriff Cherry--is the new "law" in Big Bend County, yet he still struggles to escape the long, dark shadow of that infamous lawman. Even though the corrupt sheriff ross is dead and gone, outlaws still walk free, peace comes at a price, and redemption remains hard to find in this fiery and violent novel from the author of The Far Empty.

Sometimes we have to be wolves. As chris tries to remake and modernize his corrupt department, friends and enemies unable to let go of the past, bringing in new deputies, including young America Reynosa and Ben Harper--a hard-edged veteran homicide detective now lured out of retirement--he finds himself constantly staring down a town unwilling to change, and the harsh limits of his badge.

But it's only when a local rio grande guide is brutally and inexplicably murdered, and America and Ben's ongoing investigation is swept aside by a secretive federal agent, that the novice sheriff truly understands just how tenuous his hold on that badge really is. And as other new threats rise right along with the unforgiving west texas sun, a high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the patriarch of a murderous clan that's descended on Chris's hometown of Murfee; or Thurman Flowers, nothing can prepare Chris for the high cost of crossing dangerous men such as John Wesley Earl, a part-time pastor and full-time white supremacist hell-bent on founding his violent Church of Purity in the very heart of the Big Bend.

Before long, and outgunned--inexorably drawn into a nearly twenty-year vendetta that began with a murdered Texas Ranger on a dusty highway outside of Sweetwater, Chris, and that can only end with fire, and Ben are outmaneuvered, blood, outnumbered, America, and bullets in Murfee's own sun-scorched streets.


Bearskin: A Novel

He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice’s obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice’s employers. It’s a powerful debut and an absolute showcase of exceptional prose. Bearskin is visceral, smells, raw, and compelling—filled with sights, and sounds truly observed.

There are very few first novels when I feel compelled to circle brilliant passages, but James McLaughlin’s writing had me doing just that. C. J. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.

James mclaughlin expertly brings the beauty and danger of Appalachia to life. The result is an elemental, slow burn of a novel—one that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

The Far Empty

Chris cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. So good i wish I’d written it. 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. 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.

. Told by a longtime federal agent who knows the region, it’s a debut novel you won’t soon forget. 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.


Country Dark

He’s been awarded the whiting writers Award for Fiction/Nonfiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, among numerous other honors. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. It reintroduces the vital and absolutely distinct voice of Chris Offutt, a voice we’ve been missing for years.

Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don’t have much, they have the love of their home and each other. Chris offutt is an outstanding literary talent, whose work has been called “lean and brilliant” New York Times Book Review and compared by reviewers to Tobias Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, and Raymond Carver.

Cain, with a noose tightening evermore around a man who just wants to protect those he loves. His first work of fiction in nearly two decades, Country Dark is a taut, compelling novel set in rural Kentucky from the Korean War to 1970 . The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy, Country Dark is a novel that blends the best of Larry Brown and James M.


In the Season of Blood and Gold

Charles dodd white, author of a shelter of others, says, "With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I've ever picked up. Winner of the montana prize in Fiction, Taylor Brown offers up a stunning debut collection of stories. This work demands your attention. ".

These are stories, in short, meditations, verses, and accusations-everything, you could hope to get from important fiction.

When the Lion Feeds The Courtney Series: The When The Lion Feeds Trilogy Book 1

But will sean's adventures really be his making -- and at what ultimate cost. ? Heirs to their father's fortune, destiny divides the boys from the start -- Garrick is eager to stay indoors with a book and escape the hardships of cattle-rearing, while Sean, strong and much-loved, wants to try his hand at everything.

He started to run. Brothers by birth. When garrick is forced to take ownership of their farm, the women who will fall for his charms, Sean must explore the opportunities awaiting him: the rush and horrors of the Zulu Wars, the rise and fall of gold fever and the deadly thrills of big game hunting on the African plains.

A dark pall, still so far off that they could not distinguish the individual birds: only a shadow, a thin dark shadow in the sky. N'yoni', said Mbejane softly and Sean saw them. A courtney series adventure - book 1 in the when the lion Feeds trilogyA Courtney series adventure: When the Lion Feeds trilogy - Book 1 "'What is it?' Sean felt the first tingle of alarm.

Watching it Sean was suddenly cold in the hot noonday sun. Natal, 1860; the Courtney twins are born. Enemies by blood.

The Fighter

With the raw power and poetry of a young larry Brown and the mysticism of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Farris Smith cements his place as one of the finest writers in the American literary landscape. But in a single twisted night, Jack loses his chance to win it all back. A blistering novel of violence and deliverance set against the mythic backdrop of the Mississippi DeltaThe acres and acres of fertile soil, the two-hundred-year-old antebellum house, all gone.

Guided by what she calls her "church of coincidence, " Annette pushes Jack toward redemption, only to discover that the world of Big Momma Sweet is filled with savage danger. Damaged by regret, jack is forced to step into the fighting pit one last time, crippled by twenty-five years of fists and elbows, heartbroken by his own betrayals, the stakes nothing less than life or death.

Yet this sudden reversal of fortunes introduces an unlikely savior in the form of a sultry, tattooed carnival worker. And so is the woman who gave it to jack, the foster mother only days away from dying, her mind eroded by dementia, the family legacy she entrusted to Jack now owned by banks and strangers.

And jack's mind has begun to fail, too. The decades of bare-knuckle fighting are now taking their toll, as concussion after concussion forces him to carry around a stash of illegal painkillers and a notebook of names that separates friend from foe. Hijacked by a sleazy gambler out to settle a score, jack is robbed of the money that will clear his debt with Big Momma Sweet--the queen of Delta vice, whose deep backwoods playground offers sin to all those willing to pay--and open a path that could lead him back home.