Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (63)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: Riders on the Storm, by Ed Gorman (Pegasus, 15 October 2014).

When we last saw Sam McCain he had been drafted to fight the war in Vietnam. But Sam's military career ended in boot camp when he was accidentally shot in the head and forced to spend three months in a military hospital to recover.

Sam returns to his hometown of Black River Falls, where he works as a lawyer (and part-time investigator) for the court of the snobbish but amusing Judge Esme Ann Whitney.
Two of Sam's oldest friends are caught up in this same battle. Veteran Steve Donovan brutally belittles and finally savagely beats his old friend veteran Will Cullen when Cullen announces he's joined the anti-war group.

When Cullen is found murdered, the obvious suspect is Steve Donovan, but Sam has serious doubts about the man's guilt. At least three people had reasons to murder Cullen, and Sam begins to suspect he'll discover even more as his investigation heats up.


I'm a little behind on this series, but I really enjoyed the early ones that I've read. It struck me at the time as an unusual setting for a historical mystery series: middle America in the 1950s and 60s. And the protagonist was goofy in an appealing way. I probably won't pick this one up the day it comes out, but it's going on the list of books I want to get around to soon.


  1. I'm not sure if this one is for me. Sadly, I tend to judge a book by it's cover, and this one does nothing for me. Hope you enjoy, though.
    Here's my WoW!

    1. It is a rotten cover; I'll have to try and get past that. Thanks for stopping by anyway!

  2. The cover isn't that bad, although the dog tags do ruin it for me.
    I think it's an interesting setting for a historical mystery book:It sounds like a amusing read too; the best friends fighting and the guys name 'Sam".
    This is also the kind of book that would be on my TBR.