The Sorrow Hand

The Sorrow Hand

by Dwight Holing


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For Vietnam veteran turned wildlife ranger Nick Drake, the war at home proves just as deadly. A contemporary western thriller.

Harney County, Oregon, 1968: Nick Drake has a chest full of medals and enough demons to fill a duffle bag. He's been trained to kill, but never retrained to rejoin society. Drake flees to the lonesome high desert in search of redemption and takes a job patrolling wildlife refuges where the only conflicts are keeping out stray cows and ticketing poachers. But then he stumbles across a girl's body ritually placed in a gully. Her murder is only the beginning, and Drake must face humanity's heart of darkness once again if he's to stop a killer from turning even more gullies into graves.

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ Fits right alongside Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, and Nevada Barr.

★★★★★ I'm a huge fan of contemporary westerns married with a mystery. This nails it.

★★★★★ Nick Drake is wonderfully complex. His backstory in Vietnam is beautifully (and horrifically) described.

★★★★★ The supporting characters feel so real. The old lawman, Deputy Pudge Warbler, is as flinty and resolute as his pitiless territory.

★★★★★ I absolutely loved the Native American character, her language and myths.

★★★★★ Got it on Friday and finished it on Saturday. An amazing read.

★★★★★ Smart, thrilling, and action-packed.

★★★★★ The prose crackles like the high desert setting.

★★★★★ The descriptions of the natural surroundings put me right there. I could touch, smell, and hear it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999146859
Publisher: Dwight Holing
Publication date: 08/24/2018
Series: A Nick Drake Novel , #1
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 130,220
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Dwight Holing lives and writes in California. His genre-spanning work includes novels, short fiction, and nonfiction. His mystery and suspense thriller series include The Nick Drake Novels and The Jack McCoul Capers. The stories in his collections of literary short fiction have won awards, including the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction. He has written and edited numerous nonfiction books on nature travel and conservation. He is married to a kick-ass environmental advocate; they have a daughter and son, and a dog who'd rather swim than walk.
Follow: @DwightHoling

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

A Note From the Author


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The Sorrow Hand 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
New author for me. I will purchase other books by him. I'm an avid reader, but rarely comment on the books. Mr. Holing deserves this exception for his fine way with words; his great character portrayal; the vivid picture he paints of the pain our war vets endure; and more in a unique story that captured & held my attention from page 1 until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got to know Nick Drake, Gemma, Pudge, and fell in love with them! I just Wish I could go to the Next Book to see how Their Lives progress.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!!!!