Dault unfolds a twisty tale about a DNR officer whose dangerous exploits as a drug-runner throw him into the middle of mob war. On the outside, Cy Ford is just another quiet loner living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who prefers the company of his sled dogs over people. But everything about his life is a lie, including his name. Working as a DNR officer provides a sense of steadiness, but it’s his side business as a drug runner during the winter months that has enabled him to secure a decent sum for the future. When a turf war breaks out between his Canadian employer and a Detroit-based mobster, Ford gets caught in the middle. Dault dispenses plot twists with an assured hand, keeping the tension high as Ford sets out on a dangerous journey full of daring escapades, deadly face-offs, treachery, and betrayals. He deftly describes Ford’s pain as well as his supremely frustrating inability to put his own self first, unraveling his rough-around-the-edges veneer to reveal a highly sensitive, sincere person who would go to any length to protect even a stranger in need. The setup is intricate, the setting atmospheric, and plenty of twists and turns make even the savviest readers caught in the story’s expertly laid traps. The combination of highly atmospheric setting, meticulous detail, and engrossing storyline make for a solid, intense read. Readers will eagerly await Ford’s exploits in Hope City.
Categories: action and thriller