“The Homeplace” is an elegant and quiet novel which weaves a suspenseful and atmospheric mystery against the backdrop of Comanche County, Colorado.
Chase Ford has returned home after a sixteen year absence. He is looking for a place of solace after making it to the NBA, marrying a country music star, suffering a career ending injury, and an addiction to pain pills. But, you know what they say about going home….
When the local star basketball player is found dead, it’s the beginning of the end for Chase’s hopes of solitude. The bodies keep piling up and the ghosts of his past come calling.
It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel! The prose are graceful, while employing the vernacular and informal, dialect true to the location. The characters are unique and original. They are flawed, but loveable and troubled, yet strong as they gently lured me into this intricately woven story. This book is packed with raw emotions, gut wrenching revelations, and a stunning conclusion.
Not only is this solid mystery, but it is also a novel that explores regret, confronting the past, and allowing the heart to choose its home.
I see real talent with the author and I will be keeping an eye out for his next publication. If you like an absorbing mystery, with a slight western flavor to it, strong characterization, with a sprinkle of touching emotion, you will want to check this one out.
“Culled from the rarefied air of James Lee Burke, Greg Iles, and John Hart, Kevin Wolf has fashioned a painstakingly perfect tale of murder, angst, and the enduring power of the human spirit. If the late, great Pat Conroy had ever decided to write a mystery, this would be it.” ?Jon Land
“Kevin Wolf’s debut novel, The Homeplace, succeeds in every way. He has crafted a gripping, fast-paced narrative with beautifully drawn characters in an authentic and interesting small-town Colorado setting. Not only is the mystery compelling, but so are the characters. Even if there were no murders to solve, you would still want to spend time with these fascinating people whose lives echo the sparse and gorgeous landscape they inhabit and whose pasts refuse to leave them to their futures.” ?Christine Carbo, author of The Wild Inside
Chase Ford was the first of four generations of Ford men to leave Comanche County, Colorado. For Chase, leaving saved the best and hid the worst. But now, he has come home. His friends are right there waiting for him. And so are his enemies.
Then the murder of a boy, a high school basketball star just like Chase, rocks the small town. When another death is discovered?one that also shares unsettling connections to him?law enforcement’s attention turns towards Chase, causing him to wonder just what he came home to.
A suspenseful, dramatic crime novel, The Homeplace captures the stark beauty of life on the Colorado plains.