Back To Santa Fe

Second chances can get messy.

Richard Sutton

Sullivan Ortega has just returned to his empty childhood home in Santa Fe to pay his respects to the last of his family, his sister Maggie, killed in a single-car crash. He’s trying to put his life back together, but along with a bad temper, he's got few prospects or real friends. Learning what happened is taking him somewhere he doesn't want to go back to.

Second chances can get messy.

“Excellent mystery book chocked full of surprises, twists and turns. Great character development as the story unfolds keeping the reader engaged in the suspense. Tidbits all through the story makes it a page turner. I highly recommend this book if you love a good mystery. ”

“I have been very fortunate lately in my choice of reads. Back to Santa Fe is a great tale with an even finer protagonist. I love Sullivan. He is real, vulnerable, macho, afraid, brave, wise, talented, compassionate - utterly the perfect male. I am so disappointed that there are not more 'Sullivan' tales. For days, now, I've been formulating mysteries for him to solve, art for him to create, women for him to protect or with whom to seek protection. The author knows his territory. Santa Fe is well described without a laboring of words. The men and women who populate this corner of New Mexico are complex, unusual, and surprising. I love the weave of the plot. I generally don't like mysteries, but this one is so full of human foibles that it caught my attention and kept it to the very end. A great read, I urge those of you who need to purchase a Christmas present for the mystery lovers in your life o add it to your holiday list. ”

“W.T. Durand’s Back to Santa Fe is far from the usual 'going home' novel, as his protagonist, Sullivan Ortega, leaves California after his sister and only sibling Maggie dies in a car crash. Once he settles back into their poor childhood home, a host of demons, some old, some fresh and ongoing, are unleashed, propelling the bitter, hard-drinking, angst-filled Sullivan to probe deep within himself and into relationships with those he loves. What ensues is a rough, roller coaster ride as ugly family secrets are bared and Sullivan’s search for the truth dovetails with an unexpected realm of duplicity, deceit and murder. Santa Fe itself is a major character with rich, evocative tableaus of the so-called Land of Enchantment. Sullivan’s mixed Irish/Mexican ancestry depicts two facets of this unique ethnic jewel, but the Anglo and Pueblo aspects are mentioned as well. Especially rewarding is Durand’s frank look behind the pretty adobe curtain of turquoise, kachina dolls and howling wooden coyotes, into a world the tourist never sees. By the time Sullivan’s journey was over, the book may have left me hungry for the taste of sopapillas and the smell of pinon smoke, but I was thoroughly satisfied by a conclusion I didn’t see coming. ”

About Richard Sutton

A former commune-dwelling, goat herding hippie and guitar picker turned tree planter, ski mechanic, illustrator, wood carver and carpenter; author Richard Sutton left college and hitch-hiked to New York in 1972 with forty dollars in his pocket and no preconceptions. "There, I met my wife, worked in advertising and design until I was an empty, hollow shell, then ran a retail gallery, becoming an Indian Trader in 1985." More travel followed along with a home in New Mexico. He finally saw the light of day and began to write fiction more or less full-time, in 1996. An historical fiction/fantasy The Red Gate began it all in 2009, then a sequel, The Gatekeepers in 2010. 2011, saw the release of his first SciFi novella, Home, and Troll, a...

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