Book Review: The Terror of Living by Urban Waite

The Terror of Living
Urban Waite
Little, Brown and Company, 2011
ISBN No. 978-0316097895
Hardcover (ARC)

Deputy Bobby Drake has returned to his hometown, Silver Lake, Washington, and is following in the footsteps of his father who was also a lawman.  The difference is that Bobby’s father supplemented his income by dealing with illicit deliveries through the mountain passes near his home. Bobby’s father was caught and is serving time in jail.

While on patrol Bobby finds an abandoned horse trailer that prompted him to think something suspicious was going on.  He decided to go up into the mountains and there he discovered two men who were no doubt participating in the same deliveries that had sent his father to jail.  One of the men was caught but Phil Hunt escaped.

Phil Hunt is an ex-con who runs a horse farm with his wife near Auburn, Washington.  He makes the occasional run for Eddie Vasquez and makes a little money to keep the farm going.  When the latest delivery is messed up by Bobby’s interference the people that hired Vasquez and Hunt decide that they need to recover their losses and they send a hired killer to reclaim what is theirs.

Phil Hunt runs from the killer but Bobby Drake is still on his trail.  When the two finally come together they both find that there are certain lines that neither will cross.

This is one novel where you cannot help but feel some sympathy for Hunt, the criminal while still rooting for Deputy Bobby Drake.  This is a thriller that you will not want to put down until you’ve reached the brilliant conclusion of the book.

The Terror of Living has all the elements for a movie with the beautiful scenery and the conflict between two men on different sides.

This is Urban Waite’s first novel and I hope there will be many more.

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid, January 2011.