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Where the Mourntains are Thieves

David Marion Wilkinson

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ISBN 10: 1930584482 / ISBN 13: 9781930584488
Published by Goldmines Publishing, Inc., Henderson, TN, 2013
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New HB book. Signed by author in black ink on half-title page. Blue cloth boards are sturdy, clean and undamaged. Binding is tight; interior pages are clean and unmarked. New DJ is also undamaged. DJ wrapped in protective mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 00813Wi-kk

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Title: Where the Mourntains are Thieves

Publisher: Goldmines Publishing, Inc., Henderson, TN

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

Jesse Reverchon is desperate to fix things. A ruptured marriage and a slumping literary reputation compel Jesse to a leap of faith. He transplants his corporate wife, Rebecca, and snarky adolescent son, Travis, to the far reaches of West Texas-the mythic Big Bend. Jesse's attempts to acclimate from urban sophistication to Alpine, Texas yield mixed and often comic results as his turbulent personality clashes with the cantankerous, wind-blown eccentrics rooted to the stark, desert mountains as stubbornly as its scrub mesquite. While Rebecca invests herself into a challenging remodel of the ramshackle family home with the same ambition that built her investment capital firm, Jesse shirks small town contractors and his stalling novel to coach his son's little league baseball team, which consists mostly of alienated, fatherless boys. The obsessive commitment he makes to any project leads to conflict with parents, rival coaches, and most every cowboy he encounters, but especially with the local baseball commissioner, the fiery, free-spirited artist and bar owner, Luz Reyes. Her temperament reflects the daily thunderstorms that drown out the team's much-needed practices until even Jesse realizes he's finally met his match-unless he considers his long-suffering wife. Rebecca expects a return on her investments, and her biggest stake is in her novelist husband's dimming career, which is not paying off and she's rapidly running out of patience. Tension builds as the "clouds like cathedrals" mass each day over the mountains. As Jesse's hopes blanche beneath the glaring sun and shearing winds of the Chihuahuan Desert, he is also haunted by a family curse-the howling "black dog" that once preyed upon his ruined father. Isolated, confused, frustrated, and now in total fear, Jesse stumbles back into more self-destructive patterns. His personal life crumbles like the basalt bluffs that tower around him, plunging him headlong toward devastating tragedy and loss in the all-or-nothing battle for redemption in a wild and harsh landscape where the mountains are thieves.

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"David Wilkinson may be one of the most under-appreciated great writers. Heck, some time back I won a best book of the year competition, am better than that now, and I'd still take my hat off out of respect if he came into the room. Most writers are readers as well, and a common writer curse is routine disappointment even after starting well reviewed novels. All too often I skip ahead, or simply put an almost good book aside, disappointed again, and certain that a year later the story will have bleached out of memory. Not so with this novel. The temptation is to read more slowly, savoring it, rather than skipping ahead. And the characters -- well, they'll not fade. Wilkinson has written one terrific novel, retaining his gift for the telling phrase and strong plotting. Buy this one. You will not be disappointed." - David Lee Kirkland, Author

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