English Faculty Book Gallery
Rides a Stranger
Until his death, Don Kurtwood’s father was known as a simple family man, defined by his blue collar career and obsessive, albeit pedestrian, reading habits. When a rare book dealer who seems to know more about the late Mr. Kurtwood than his own son does turns up at the wake, Don jumps at the opportunity to see a part of the man he hardly knew. However, before he can speak with him, the book dealer is murdered in his own shop, setting into motion a slow unraveling of the life of a man who everyone thought they knew. The imagined life of Don’s father as a distant conservative with his nose stuck in a Louis L’Amour novel becomes shrouded in mystery when the police suggest that Don’s father is the author of a highly coveted pulp western novel.
thriller, suspense, mystery
American Literature | Fiction | Literature in English, North America
Bell, David, "Rides a Stranger" (2013). English Faculty Book Gallery. 4.
David Bell is a bestselling and award-winning author whose work has been translated into six languages. He’s an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati.