everything you expect from a first-rate mystery: complicated,
characters who step off the pages, a suspense-filled
plot, and a setting—the vast, empty landscape of
Wyoming—to take your breath away. With Nick DeNunzio, the ex
cop from the east who finds himself chasing cattle rustlers,
Bruce Most has created one of the savviest
and most intriguing sleuths to come down the mystery
trail in a long while.-–Margaret Coel, author of Killing
unusual plot, an unusual crime ... I had to rethink the
characters again and again as the plot twisted and turned... but a
top crime thriller, an even better detective story and an excellent read. I enjoyed, and
highly recommend it.-- Jay Collins CWA
Verified Purchase -This is the perfect union of mystery
and modern western. Having lived in this particular area of
Wyoming, I can assure you that the author has accurately
portrayed the geography, the environment, and the attitudes. The
ex-cop from Baltimore, Nick DeNunzio, has a lot to learn about
ranching and cattle operations if he can avoid getting killed
while doing it. The suspense and the mystery hang in until the
very end. This book is well worth the read! By
H. Lovejoy on
December 15, 2013
BURN is one of those novels that take a toll on my knees. I kept
bumping into things because I didn't want to put the novel down
while I was doing those mundane daily routines. Alluding to the
"Legendary" Tom Horn from the turn of the 20th
Century. Horn, a stock detective was a bit of a scoundrel and
some think was a psychopath who worked both sides of the law.
Horn was hung for the killing of a Wyoming rancher's son,
14-year-old Willie Nikell. The continuing controversy over that
unsettled affair is brought to life in Bruce Most's current
novel -- almost ghosts from the past. This story, ROPE BURN, is
a very good mystery thriller and as good a guesser as I am about
who-done-it, I didn't know who did it until the end of the book.
Did the protagonist, Nick, get the girl? You'll have to read the
story to find out. Alan
C. Iannacito 23-01-14
is a really good read. Based in WY in modern day, Mr. Most
brings his characters alive with enough interesting twists to
really hold my interest. I have loved Margaret Coel, Craig
Johnson, and C.J. Box's books. Mr. Most fits very much with
these distinguished authors. Anyone who likes their books,
should love Rope Burn.Judy
Burn ... is full of great modern western characters,
complicated plot or twists and turns, and a portrait of
landscape that affects all the people and action of the book. So
many details to savour and a struggling hero you want to cheer
on as he solves several murders that haunt a ranch community in
Wyoming. Shirley Meier Jan 2-01-14
A FIRST-RATE MYSTERY
.... A TOP CRIME THRILLER
Fear returned with a vengeance...
He turned his
throbbing head but the pickup was out of his range of vision.
He could glimpse the
trunk of a large cottonwood tree only feet away.
Frantically he struggled to untie his hands. He heard the
pickup shift into gear. Moments later the rope tightened
unforgivingly round his neck.
Fear flashed to panic as the rope squeezed his windpipe shut
and he felt himself hoisted to his feet. He could hear the
creak of rope drawing across wood...
Nick DeNunzio accepts the offer to find those behind the
racket and stop the insidious trade ...his first step on a
trail which brings him near to death from both his past and
The killer dispensed old-fashioned justice at the
end of a taut rope.
Questions still remain unanswered.
Who murdered Jack Hooker seven years ago?
Why does his death haunt this Wyoming community?
Is it linked to the attractive niece running his ranch?
Heading west to escape a troubled past as a big-city
detective, Nick DeNunzio hires on to stop a brutal string of cattle thefts. Chasing these modern day rustlers, he soon discovers not just cows are being led to slaughter – people are turning up
To catch the killer before he is the next victim, Nick must unearth what happened to Hooker, confront his own dark past ...and become a cattle thief himself.
April - Bruce
has a new website at www.brucewmost.com
10 May - RopeBurn wins the coveted
Adult Fiction Genre award at the annual Colorado Authors
League banquet in Denver.
16 November 2013
Released January 2014
Second Edition October 2014
Released DECEMBER 2014
ISBN 978 1493674268
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