Review: A Whiskey Jack in a Murder of Crows – by Sam Knight

So, I took advantage of the Kobo deal that I posted about back on February 18th. I’ll admit it; I read a lot, so the offer of free books was too tempting. When I’m on a roll I finish three to four books a week. My usual genres are sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a western or a mystery, but I’m trying to branch out.  Sam Knight’s book rolled both into one and was a real treat.

Here is the blurb from the book:

Rainbow County California

Unrivaled sunsets, placid lakeside orchards, pleasant mountain vineyards, and a rural lifestyle.

The only thing that stopped this place from being idyllic was the noise from the cars on the highway. And murder.

Left for dead, helpless as he watched the murder of his family, Jack is a broken man.

Six months later, Jack is attempting to recover, both in body and in soul, at a vineyard he inherited from his uncle. California Wine Country seems like a good place to start over and escape the nightmares of his daughter’s dying cries.

Until the local barkeep tells Jack his uncle was murdered.

Whiskey Jack was a quick read, with excellent dialog that allowed you to get a real feel for the characters.

The scenes where Mr. Knight describes and replays the murder of Jack’s daughter and his wife were some of the most chilling in the book and had me shuddering in my seat. His reprisal of Jack’s daughter’s last words throughout the book made for an eerie look into a tortured soul.

The story itself touches on something that has been a hot topic for Westerners for as long as the US has existed; dealing with land rights and water rights (couched in mayhem and murder). Mr. Knight, through his handling of the mystery, proves that he has a good grasp of both, and illustrates well the lengths that people will go to for love of money.

With the graphic content and heavy topic matter I expected to find the book difficult. Instead I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read.

Sam Knight is a Colorado based author. You can visit him on the web at

You can purchase A Whiskey Jack in a Murder of Crows Here

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