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The Salt Cutter

The Salt Cutter

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"Fresh and entertaining... A headed adrenaline ride of pulp and madness." - Frank Bill, New York Times bestselling author of The Savage and Donnybrook, and The Ravaged, with Norman Reedus.

Part of our Black Spring Crime Series, endorsed by UK crime fiction giants, Ian Rankin and Lee Child. The Salt Cutter was a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and was short listed for the Big Moose Prize. 

Bolivia. 1991. A soldier arrives in the small town of Uyuni. A place where people endure rather than enjoy. Survive than live. The soldier knows they’re coming for him. Hunting him down so they can deal their own brand of justice. He needs to get out. To make it to the border and escape what is waiting for him. He’s prepared to do anything to survive. Even kill.

This is noir fiction at its finest. With characters that you will root for, heartbreak and breathtaking writing, this is a story that will linger in reader’s minds long after you’ve turned the final page.

"This was a fascinating story that I was still thinking about days after finishing it." - Stephanie, Good Reads, ★★★★☆

 "For me, The Salt Cutter was a powerful read and one that will likely remain in my mind for quite some time... I found the story to be incredibly well written, it's obvious the author knows the subject matter very well and the pace was just right. Character development was top notch and I flew through this read in two sittings, turning pages late into the night and long after I should have been asleep." - Fatguyreading, Good Reads, ★★★★☆

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C.J. Howell

is the author of two previously published novels. The Last of The Smoking Bartenders received a starred review and was named a Best Crime Fiction Debut of 2014 by Booklist. The Hundred Mile View is a fast-paced thriller set on the Navajo Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Creative Writing Program, and he currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and two children.