Sunday, August 6, 2017
Smoked, by Michael Bracken
This is Bracken's fourth appearance in this space, which puts him in the top five repeat offenders, I believe.
Beau James had built a nice life for himself, operating the Quarryville Smokehouse, and living with a girlfriend and her daughter. When his restaurant is featured in a magazine with his picture he knows that the good times are over. He is in the Witness Protection Program and the motorcycle gang he turned state evidence against are bound to see the picture...
The story takes place in modern Texas but it has the feeling of an old-fashioned Western, with the bad guys getting closer and the townsfolk having to decide where they stand. A good story.