The Carrion Birds (2013) I've never been a huge fan of noir novels, which tend to leave me a little cold. Urban Waite's, The Carrion Birds , a tale… 2013-04-16 Fiction William Morrow
Book Review

The Carrion Birds (2013)

THE CARRION BIRDS by Urban Waite
THE CARRION BIRDS by Urban Waite
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 16, 2013; Writer: Urban Waite; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: William Morrow

I've never been a huge fan of noir novels, which tend to leave me a little cold. Urban Waite's, The Carrion Birds, a tale of a Vietnam vet--slash--criminal enforcer is as muscular and laconic as anything by Cormac McCarthy, yet it crackles with humanity. The vet, Ray, has only ever been good at one thing — expertly handling the dull black Ruger he keeps hidden in a Ritz cracker box. Now he wants to retire and return to the New Mexico town where his young son lives. But then his last gig, the brazen theft of a rival's stash, goes sour. As the spiraling violence plays out against the creosote-studded mesas, it's clear it isn't just the characters who are doomed: So is the desolate swath of the American Southwest ruled by the drug cartels. A-

Originally posted Apr 10, 2013 Published in issue #1255-1256 Apr 19, 2013 Order article reprints