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Review: 'Devils and Dust' by J.D. Rhoades
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Review: 'Devils and Dust' by J.D. Rhoades

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Devils and Dust

“Devils and Dust” by J.D. Rhoades, Polis Books, 311 pages, $24.95

Jack Keller is a hard man. He has a troubled past but is on the loose right now, playing at being a bartender in a saloon in a dusty desert town. Then Angela comes in, looking for Jack, and our hero is off on another adventure. This is the fourth Keller story, and they are always exciting.

Seems that Angela, in the bail bond business, searched out Jack to find her husband, Oscar, who went off himself to find his sons. Oscar is an illegal immigrant who had sent for his children to join him from Mexico, using a dangerous route that got violently interrupted. Now Jack will have to backtrack to find them all.

This gets complicated, because Jack and Angela used to be lovers, and there is a close tie between Jack and Oscar as well. Thus does the heart dictate our behavior.

Jack is truly a hard man, so you can expect violence, blood and rough action. You won’t be disappointed.

The plot involves a group of modern-day white supremacists who run a slavery community of hijacked men, women and children who are caught trying to get into the United States across the border. It is a story that seems all too true in these days of controversy over illegal entries with often-tragic consequences.

Unfortunately, the fiction approaches the truth.

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