Monday, September 13, 2010
BLOOD ON THE PEN by David W. Huffstetler
Title: Blood on the Pen
Author: David W. Huffstetler
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Link to purchase: http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=319
Book Blurb: Jack Harden is a modern-day Texas Ranger haunted by his wife's death a year ago.
But when a murderer strikes, he is called into duty. Now he must battle the urge to kill the drunk driver responsible for her death and the hunger to kill himself as he hunts for a serial killer who wants him dead.
Elsie Rodriguez is assigned to report on the murders for her newspaper and ordered to stay with Jack Harden. He's old school, tough, and doesn't want her there, but, despite his gruff manner, the big Ranger triggers something inside her. Something more than just her Latin temper.
Can she pull him back from the edge of sanity? Or will death win again?
Review: Move over Walker, there's a new Texas Ranger in town in David W. Huffstetler's Blood on the Pen. This hard crime novel grabs the reader by the "meat hooks" on the first line and doesn't let go. Jack Harden is a tormented hero, Elsie Rodriguez is a relentless heroine, and Eddie Carter is an understandable psychopath. Blood on the Pen delves into the deeper psyche of human nature, focusing in particular upon revenge and redemption. Mr. Huffstetler entrances the reader of this mystery with wit and humor, the horrific, sadness, and a touch of romance. By the last page, redemption has won, and unlike Eddie Carter's bad novel, Mr. Huffstetler needs not worry. I highly recommend Blood on the Pen.