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Big Wheat A Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood (Paperback)

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Product Details:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1464201110
ISBN-13: 9781464201110
Sku: 246114528
Publish Date: 12/3/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
 
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The summer of 1919 is over, and on the high prairie, a small army of men, women, and machines moves across the land, bringing in the wheat harvest. Custom threshers, steam engineers, bindlestiffs, cooks, camp followers, and hobos join the tide. Prosperous farmers proudly proclaim ?Rain follows the plow,? meaning that the bounty of the land will never be exhausted. Everywhere, people gleefully embrace the gospels of progress and greed. The threshing season is on.|
But there is also an evil upon the land. A killer who calls himself the Windmill Man believes he has a holy calling to water the newly plucked earth with blood. For him, the moving harvest is a target-rich environment, an endless supply of ready victims. He has been killing for years now and intends to kill for many more. Who could stop him? Nobody even knew he existed. Until now.|
A young man named Charlie Krueger also follows the harvest. Jilted by his childhood sweetheart and estranged from his drunkard father, he hopes to find a new life as a steam engineer. But in a newly harvested field in the nearly black Dakota night, he has come upon a strange man digging a grave. And in that moment, he has become the only person who can stop the evil, if he lives long enough. For the killer knows his name and his wanderings, and he, too, is now a target. When next they meet, one of them will have to die.

Annotation:
The culture of early 20th-century wheat harvesting in the Great Plains creates a unique backdrop (and at time narrative propulsion) for Richard A. Thompson's excellent mystery thriller. In addition to fighting the elements, his past, heartbreak, and the dangerous new machines that now aid the threshing, the young Charlie Krueger finds himself up against a serial killer with a religious fervor known as the Windmill Man.

Praise

"[A] powerful story...." - Marilyn Stasio 01/30/2011

"Thompson mixes elements of the western with a well-devised mystery plot for an evocative look at the hardships of farming, the intersection of progress with old-fashioned ways, and the loneliness of the Great Plains." 01/30/2011

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