"Colorfully written and marked by a compassionate knowledge of small towns operate, Mr. Hime's debut novel is enjoyable and exciting, filled with Texas lore and obvious affection for the state." -Dallas Morning News
"Rangy, shrewd, and heartfelt: an oversized debut stuffed with so many subplots it could only have come out of Texas." -Kirkus Reviews
"Illicit sex, blackmail, political corruption, racism, religious hypocrisy, and a few pinches of down-home humor. Hime stokes the embers of Lone Star crime to white hot intensity, while ladling the grill with his distinctive home-brewed dressing. He's a first novelist to bet the ranch on."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The first novel by Hime is surprisingly polished; it reads like the work of a seasoned, capable pro. The primary characters are carefully drawn, without gimmicks, and each is driven by unique, realistic motives. Top it off with a conclusion that is unexpected but so damn right."
-Booklist (starred review)