Review: The Terror Of Living by Urban Waite
Simon & Schuster, €13.99, Paperback
Phil Hunt is an ex-con who has been living for 20 years with his wife Nora on a small horse ranch in a remote community in Washington State. He supplements his meagre earnings from boarding horses with the occasional marijuana-running foray on horseback.
Bobby Drake is a newly married deputy sheriff living in the shadow of his father, who had been the sheriff but is now serving time for drug smuggling.
When Drake breaks up a big drug deal in the forest, he precipitates an orgy of terrifying violence as the traffickers, whose shipment has gone missing, unleash Grady, a contract killer, with orders to reclaim what is theirs no matter the cost.
Hunt has escaped capture, but Drake has arrested and jailed his young helper. Before he can be questioned, the kid is killed in his cell.
Hunt realises the stakes are as high as they can get when Nora is taken by Grady, and the quarry suddenly becomes the hunter as Hunt attempts to save the only thing that is of value to him.
First-time author Urban Waite may be just 28, but he has delivered a stunningly assured and nail-bitingly exciting tale filled with memorable characters who must decide at every turn where their loyalties lie.