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The Far Empty

(2016)
(The first book in the Sheriff Chris Cherry series)
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“[So] good I wish I’d written it. The poetic and bloody ground of west Texas has given birth to a powerful new voice in contemporary western crime fiction.”—Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire series

In this gritty crime debut set in the stark Texas borderlands, an unearthed skeleton will throw a small town into violent turmoil.

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee’s darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb’s father and Chris’s boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross.

Dark, elegiac, and violent, The Far Empty is a modern Western, a story of loss and escape set along the sharp edge of the Texas border. Told by a longtime federal agent who knows the region, it’s a debut novel you won’t soon forget.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A haunting, gritty novel of modern Texas that brings to mind John Sayles's seminal film, "Lone Star." As a real-life federal lawman, Scott not only knows the battered terrain but the wounded people who call it home. I loved the authenticity of this forgotten wasteland and the last breaths of the Code of the West." - Ace Atkins

"So good I wish I'd written it. The poetic and bloody ground of west Texas has given birth to a powerful new voice in contemporary western crime fiction." - Craig Johnson

"Balancing both the brutal and beautiful, J. Todd Scott has delivered a story that hangs around the neck long after the final page. Fearless, searing prose that reeks of honesty, 'The Far Empty' is as gritty and raw as sun-scorched earth." - David Joy

"J. Todd Scott is the real deal. 'The Far Empty' is an astonishing, accomplished debut crime novel worthy of award consideration." - Michael McGarrity


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Used availability for J Todd Scott's The Far Empty

Hardback Editions

June 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Far Empty
Author(s): J Todd Scott
ISBN: 0-399-17634-9 / 978-0-399-17634-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Far Empty
Author(s): J Todd Scott
ISBN: 0-7352-1885-4 / 978-0-7352-1885-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Far Empty
Author(s): J Todd Scott
ISBN: 0-399-18346-9 / 978-0-399-18346-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Audio Editions

October 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Far Empty
Author(s): J Todd Scott
ISBN: 1-66445-384-9 / 978-1-66445-384-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc
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June 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Far Empty
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Publisher: Recorded Books
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June 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Far Empty
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2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Far Empty
Author(s): J Todd Scott
ISBN: 1-5019-2253-X / 978-1-5019-2253-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Far Empty
Author(s): J Todd Scott
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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