This Side of Night by J. Todd Scott

ThisSideofNightThis Side of Night is the third sequential book I have read by this author.  That alone, considering how much I read, should give you insight into the level of how I enjoy his books.  The author is a DEA agent, and his experiences have definitely added to the intense scenes he creates on paper.  If you like gritty real-life stories then this is for you.

The main character and now Sheriff Chris Cherry is back, and his sense of honor is felt throughout the storyline.  Cherry is one of those characters that even if you don’t hear from them for a little while you know that they are standing on the side, observing all and leading by example.

Mr. Scott has a heightened way of portraying the Big Bend area as a profound secondary character.  The environment along with continuing characters such as America, Danny, and Melissa allow the reader to saturate themselves with the story.

If you ever have the opportunity to hear this author speak, I highly suggest it.

For more about this author and his other works CLICK HERE.


The vicious Mexican cartel war boils over into the Big Bend in the explosive new novel from the author of The Far Empty and High White Sun.

In the Mexican borderlands, a busload of student protesters is gunned down in broad daylight, a violent act blamed on the Nemesio cartel. But its aging leader, Fox Uno, sees the attack for what it is: another salvo in the long-running battle for control of Nemesio itself; perhaps by a rival cartel, or maybe someone closer to home…

Across the Rio Grande, Sheriff Chris Cherry and his deputies America Reynosa and Danny Ford find themselves caught in Fox Uno’s escalating war with the recent discovery of five dead men at the river’s edge. But when El Paso DEA agent Joe Garrison’s own Nemesio investigation leads him into the heart of the Big Bend, he’s not ready to accept the cartel leader’s retreat or defeat. Not only does he suspect a high-profile drug task force in a neighboring county is corrupt, he can’t shake lingering doubts about the loyalty and motives of the young deputy, Ame Reynosa. And he won’t let Sheriff Cherry ignore them either.

In this pitiless land it’s kill or be killed, where everyone will make one final bloody stand to decide the fate of Nemesio, the law in the Big Bend, and most of all, the future of America Reynosa.

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