Cold Quiet Country
Lindemuth’s impressive debut, set in the winter of 1971, is a go-for-the-jugular country noir…Lindemuth carefully weaves characters’ backstories into this thrilling narrative, and his visceral prose and unsparing tone are wonderfully reminiscent of such modern rural noir masters as Tom Franklin and Donald Ray Pollock. Agent: Cameron McClure, Donald Maass Literary. (Nov.)


ForeWord Reviews

ForeWord Review

The town of Bittersmith, Wyoming, is rarely the scene of a murder, but on a winter day in 1972, with a blizzard moving in, the sheriff takes the call from a farmer’s wife, who announces, “Gale G’Wain run him through with a pitchfork…” Lindemuth’s stunning first novel is all about good hunting down evil on a snowbound day, but common notions about good men no longer apply in the moral darkness that is Bittersmith… Gale takes a job at the Bittersmith farm of Burt Haudesert, where he discovers neither family nor community but a corrupt system of incest, sexual abuse, denial, and complicity, in which many of the men are of one extreme political persuasion or another.As Gale waits for his accusers, including Sheriff Bittersmith, to track him down, he reflects on his options: on one hand, “obedience and expeditiousness;” on the other, “standing against a world gone mad.” Through Gale, Lindemuth is unsparing in his advocacy of “an honorable fight.”


Cold Quiet Country is filled with backstories, which is what makes the entire novel work. Gale has a backstory which he is trying to discover and piece together. The entire Haudesert family has a backstory that gradually comes to light as the novel moves forward. And Sheriff Bittersmith especially has a backstory, one that ties everything and everyone in the novel together and moves the action forward. The drive for justice by Gale, and the perverted drive for conclusion by Bittersmith, carries the novel to a bittersweet conclusion… The shootouts are yet to come for the reader, and I won’t elaborate on them, because they are the meat that sits on the table. Add some fire, add some ice, and read what comes together. I think you will enjoy your visit to Wyoming.READ THE FULL LITERARY OUTPOST REVIEW


Cold Quiet Country is not an easy book to read. Dealing with such everyday horrors as child sexual abuse and incest, it is not written for the faint-hearted. And yet, I couldn’t stop reading it. I would put it aside thinking I couldn’t take it any more, but then after a while, I would pick it up and keep reading, hoping life would improve for its characters. READ THE FULL CORNERSTONE COTTAGE REVIEW


Oh my. This was quite a book.

The good news: I absolutely loved the suspense created by the cat and mouse action. Suspense is what keeps me glued to the pages and lost in the words, and this book delivered!

The bad news: Eek! It is filled with distasteful language and scenes. It is very raw, crude and graphic in medical, farming and se*ual situations. Not pleasant at all! For women especially, it is enraging. Thankfully the setting is in the 70s, so there’s hope that this no longer exists, but it sure makes you want to stay clear of small towns! There also is a paranormal element to the story, but it did not affect me in a negative way…

It was a great diversion, but this sort of novel could not be my reading diet. However, I am grateful to have had the experience of being so engrossed even though I was disgusted and angered a LOT! READ THE FULL THOUGHTS OF JOY REVIEW

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