Under Tower Peak

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Arcade Publishing, 2013 - Fiction - 276 pages
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After two tours as a sniper in Iraq, Tommy Smith has returned to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California's Sierra Nevada, hoping to reclaim the simplicity of his youth and heal the wounds the world can't see. When, high on a mountain pass, he and his partner find the wrecked plane of a billionaire adventurer who disappeared months earlier, a seemingly innocent act triggers a breathtaking cycle of violence that threatens Tommy's world. Soon he is enmeshed in the struggle between the billionaire's trophy wife and wannabe drug lord son and their allies. Every effort to set things right draws him deeper into a bad situation and closer to needing those deadly skills that he had hoped to leave behind forever.

With lean, efficient prose and dialogue that crackles with repartee, Bart Paul has written a contemporary thriller of steadily mounting suspense and ruthless action. He captures both the beauty of the high mountain wilderness and the laconic rhythms of the outfitters' lives, and in Tommy Smith he offers a protagonist whose cool competence, homegrown decency, and clarity of purpose in the face of danger suggest a brotherhood with heroes from the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Paul (Double Edge Sword, 2009) makes his fiction debut with a tale of greed and violence set in California's Sierra Nevada.It's spring. Tom Smith and Lester Wendover, saddle buddies and guides for ... Read full review

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Gosh darn rich guy done gone and got himself killed. Now I need a pull on that bottle of Jimmy Bean. A real kick-ass tale...if you're into a dense Western. .J.P.Miller. Cambridge,MA (June 13, 2013)

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About the author (2013)

Bart Paul is the author of TV documentaries, short stories, and Double-Edged Sword , a biography of the American matador Sidney Franklin, who was Ernest Hemingway's friend. Throughout his school years he spent summers working on cattle ranches and pack outfits in California's Eastern Sierra. He now divides his time between Los Angeles and the ranching country of this novel.

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