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Sometimes the Wolf (Hardcover)
“’Sometimes what you hope is at the end of the rainbow isn’t what you thought it was going to be at all,’ Morgan said”. Sometimes The Wolf is Urban Waite’s sequel to his debut novel The Terror of Living, a nice and nasty piece of Cascade Noir from 2011.
Deputy Bobby Drake, wounded twice in the
confrontation that ended the book, is still trying to find his peace in
the North Cascade town of Silver Lake. He and his wife have been through
a rough patch and now his father, the former sheriff of the town, is
about to be released after 12 years in the state pen. Some of Patrick’s
illegal reputation has stained Bobby, both in the view of others as well
as in his view of himself. His overarching question is can you still
love someone who has betrayed everything they stood for and caused you
and themselves great harm? Not an easy question, nor one that can be
But now Patrick Drake is out, and Agent
Driscoll, of the Seattle FBI office is still on the case, trying to find
the $200,000 that he’s sure Patrick stole. There’s the matter of the
two murdered men up in Bellingham. Was Patrick guilty of more than just
smuggling drugs down from Canada through the Cascades? Was he into
something bigger, something worse? Driscoll is sure. Bobby,as much as he
distrusts his father, can’t quite believe him of those larger crimes.
Then there are the two lunatics who have
escaped from a prison transfer and are after Patrick and the money he’s
said to have hidden a dozen years ago. John Wesley is the big one,
dangerous and dullwitted. Bean – the skinny one with the blonde hair –
is the real danger. These two will kill anyone just to get the info they
want, or to have some shelter for the night.
Finally, we’re introduced to Bobby’s
grandfather, Morgan, a loner who lives in isolation on the east side of
the state. He’s the philosopher of the family but all three Drake men
are prepared to do what must be done to protect themselves and their
own. Pity it won’t be enough.
His first of the three books, The Terror of Living, is out now. Read it first, but read them all.— JB
Urban Waite - Sometimes The Wolf
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Urban Waite’s Sometimes The Wolf is the follow-up to Urban’s critically acclaimed debut, The Terror of Living (Signed Copies in soon, we promise!), but you don’t have to have read The Terror of Living first; Sometimes the Wolf stands on its own. Still, reading them in order is what I’d recommend!
Bobby Drake has lived under the shadow of
his father, Patrick’s, conviction for smuggling drugs out of Canada. The
fact that Bobby’s dad was sheriff, as Bobby himself is now, adds to the
sting, and in a small town, everyone knows everyone else’s business, so
there’s no hiding from his family’s history. Now, after twelve years,
Patrick is out on parole, which means that Bobby has to confront his own
feelings since his dad is going to stay with them – Bobby and his wife,
Sheri – until Patrick can get his feet under him.
But to survive in prison, Patrick had to
make some unpleasant alliances, and two of them are coming after him. In
addition, FBI Agent Driscoll is certain that Patrick was involved in
other crimes besides smuggling drugs, and Driscoll is determined to bust
Patrick for those past deeds.
Bobby doesn’t know who to trust, and when
his dad runs, everything falls apart, and Bobby has to figure out what
is going on, and what he really believes.
I fell for the characters in The Terror of
Living, and it’s great to be back with them in Sometimes the Wolf.
Getting to know Patrick, to see more of Driscoll and Sheri, to meet the
other new characters in this second book, well, it’s coming back to see
old friends and meet the new people in their lives. Granted, some of
these people are pretty unpleasant, but that’s what makes it
It’s a tribute to Urban Waite’s talent for
storytelling that I can say that his writing style drives the English
teacher in me crazy. He uses incomplete sentences with wild abandon, and
the staccato style, the short, choppy phrases do, at times, pop me out
of the story. But I love the characters he’s created and the events in
their lives so much that I can shake it off and dive back in. And I
can’t deny that Urban’s style does raise the tension level in the book
to incredible heights without sacrificing imagery. If anything, he’s
found a way to make the images more vivid.
And one of the reasons I love this taste of
Cascade Noir is the fact that everyone, good guys and bad guys alike,
are nuanced. Okay, one bad guy is just out-and-out nasty, but everyone
else has moments of strength and weaknesses that keep them from being
cariactures and land solidly in the realm of real people. It’s one of
Urban Waite’s absolute strengths, and why I always look forward to
reading his work, choppy sentences and all.
Set in the Pacific Northwest, a spellbinding story of family, violence, and unintended consequences from a startling new voice in literary suspense--the author of the highly acclaimed novels The Carrion Birds and The Terror of Living
Sheriff Patrick Drake tried to lead an upstanding life and maintain some semblance of financial stability, until his wife grew ill and they were in danger of losing everything they'd worked for. Single-handedly raising his family in a small mountain town, he was soon hit with money troubles, fell in with some unsavory men--and then was caught and convicted of one of the biggest crimes in local history.
Twelve years later Patrick is out on parole under the watchful eye of his son, Bobby, who just happens to be a deputy sheriff in his father's old department. Bobby hasn't had it easy, either. He's carried the weight of his father's guilt and forsaken his own dreams, and his marriage has suffered for it. Yet no matter how much distance he's tried to put between himself, his father, and the past, small-town minds have long memories--and trouble isn't done with the Drakes. Not too long after Patrick's release, a terrifying threat from his old life reappears, and this time no one will be spared.
With their searing prose, soulful characters, and rich and evocative settings, the novels of Urban Waite prove that he is a worthy heir of America's most admired masters of crime fiction, from Elmore Leonard to Cormac McCarthy to Dennis Lehane.