Sunday, July 5, 2020

"Lost River"

J. Todd Scott was born in rural Kentucky and attended college and law school in Virginia, where he set aside an early ambition to write to pursue a career as a federal agent. His assignments have taken him all over the U.S and the world, but a badge and gun never replaced his passion for books and writing. He now resides in the American Southwest, and when he’s not hunting down very bad men, he’s hard at work on his next book.

Scott is the author of the Texas/Big Bend trilogy: The Far Empty, High White Sun, and This Side of Night.

He applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, Lost River, a stand-alone, and reported the following:
In Lost River, page 69 is the first time we meet Casey Alexander, one of the novel’s viewpoint characters. In fact, she’s probably the main viewpoint; she takes up most of the book’s “real estate,” and we probably get to know her best. Casey’s a young, but already accomplished DEA agent, who’s returned home after a deadly confrontation in Arizona. She finds herself immediately thrust into a long-running investigation of the Glassers, a prominent crime family in Eastern Kentucky, particularly the town of Angel, KY. Lost River tracks a single night in Angel, as a number of overdoses culminate in a brutal, execution-style slaying of most of the adult Glassers, except for Little Paris Glasser. As Casey attempts to solve the slayings (believed to be drug-related) and find Little Paris, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into Angel’s darkest secrets. As we meet Casey, she’s just discovered another survivor of the massacre: a baby girl still covered in blood from her dead mama. It’s an indelible image, and sets the tone for Casey’s frustrating, and ultimately bloody, search for Little Paris.
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