When big, hulking stranger John C. Faith arrives in Pomo, a faded lakeside resort in northern California, he immediately rouses suspicion. Who is he? What does he want? Everyone has an opinion of him - few are favourable. What Faith doesn't know is he's picked a bad weekend to come to Pomo. Bank president George Petrie, desperate to cover his financial indiscretions, is about to pull off a major robbery of his own bank; Native American schoolteacher Audrey Sixkiller is being threatened by a masked rapist; and the sexy widow Storm Carey, Who's slept with half the men in town, is running headlong into disaster. When Storm is discovered murdered the whole town explodes into a frenzy and Faith is the casualty. Told by the townsfolk in a rotating first-person narrative, A Wasteland of Strangers is a powerful, timeless thriller with a heavy noir influence: a worthy follow-up to Pronzini's New York Times Book Review Notable novel, Blue Lonesome.
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