Rut, published by Concord Free Press,
"takes readers to the Rocky Mountains circa 2050, where the once thriving burg of Gower is about to become a 21st-century ghost town. Thanks to extreme weather and plenty of toxic waste, the skiers and celebrities are gone, along with the money and the veneer of civilization. What’s left? Old-time religion and brand-new pharmaceuticals, bad food and warm beer, mutated animals and small-town gossip. Can the town survive? We’ll see."Now, that sounds like one believable speculative novel.
Phillips has written three previous novels: The Ice Harvest, The Walkway, and Cottonwood. The first of these was made into a fine movie starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. He also writes some of the most deadpan hilarious short crime fiction anywhere.
I'll be looking for Rut. And you should, too.
© Peter Rozovsky 2010