by C. Matthew Smith
November 15 - December 10, 2021 Tour
When wildlife biologist Alex Lowe is found dead inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it looks on the surface like a suicide. But Tsula Walker, Special Agent with the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch and a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, isn’t so sure...
Tsula’s investigation will lead her deep into the park and face-to-face with a group of lethal men on a mission to reclaim a historic homestead. The encounter will irretrievably alter the lives of all involved and leave Tsula fighting for survival – not only from those who would do her harm, but from a looming winter storm that could prove just as deadly.
Praise for Twentymile:
“[A] striking debut . . . a highly enjoyable read suited best to those who like their thrillers to simmer for awhile before erupting in a blizzard of action and unpredictability . . ." Kashif Hussain, Best Thriller Books.
"C. Matthew Smith’s original, intelligent novel delivers unforgettable characters and an irresistible, page-turning pace while grappling with deeply fascinating issues of land and heritage and what and who is native.... Twentymile is an accomplished first novel from a talented and fully-formed writer." James A. McLaughlin, Edgar Award-winning author of Bearskin
"Twentymile is packed with everything I love: A strong, female character; a wilderness setting; gripping storytelling; masterful writing. Smith captures powerfully and deeply the effects of the past and what we do to one another and ourselves for the sake of ownership and possession, for what we wrongfully and rightfully believe is ours. I loved every word. A beautiful and brutal and extraordinary debut." Diane Les Becquets, bestselling author of Breaking Wild and The Last Woman in the Forest
Genre: Procedural, Thriller
Published by: Latah Books
Publication Date: November 19, 2021
Number of Pages: 325
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Latah Books
An interesting thriller. Nice to have a strong female character as a main character. This story has a little different take on it which is nice. It involves the US State Parks. I think we often think of rescues in state parks more than murders. Tsula, an agent for the Investigative Services Branch, is called in because of such a murder.
This book has several threads, both political and criminal. Being a Cherokee Native American, Tsula has to walk a fine line not to be dragged into the politics. Finding a murderer is her job. Although there were several threads, even layers, to the plot, there was never a time I felt the book slowed down.
It looks to me as if this is a debut thriller for C. Matthew Smith. Great book. Hope this will be a series.
Read an excerpt:
C. Matthew Smith is an attorney and writer whose short stories have appeared in and are forthcoming from numerous outlets, including Mystery Tribune, Mystery Weekly, Close to the Bone, and Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir Vol. 3 (Down & Out Books). He’s a member of Sisters in Crime and the Atlanta Writers Club.
Catch Up With C. Matthew Smith:
Twitter - @cmattwrite
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