When the Friction has its Machine
by Clayton Lindemuth
Pub Date 02 Mar 2017
Have you heard of the Desert Dog? It kills people who take it on.
Blackfoot Indian Solomon Bull trains for the ultra-dangerous endurance race called Desert Dog. Winning the race would solidify Solomon's inheritance. His father was a rebel who died in the 1980's fighting the US government for the American Indian Movement.
Ex-mercenary Cal Barrett designed Desert Dog to shred people. Rumor is he recruits winners into a clandestine paramilitary outfit. Solomon is approached by Rachel, a government official who'll do anything to persuade him to infiltrate Cal Barrett's outfit. She warns him that something big is on the horizon.
Meanwhile, crooked Senator Cyman's security chief is on Solomon's tail. Defacing Cyman's re-election billboards sparked a bigger reaction than Solomon bargained for.
The pendulum between assimilation and war is swinging. Will Solomon get eaten by the machine his father died fighting?
Can one man fight the evil that surrounds him and win?
Solomon Bull is Clayton Lindemuth at his rebel noir best. You'll find all the "thrilling... visceral... unsparing..." prose that earned his debut Cold Quiet Country the coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly.