This Here Is Devil’s Work trails wildland firefighters and cattle rustlers from small towns in Nevada and Montana through the rugged expanse that connects them. The winding paths of veteran hotshot Morgan and struggling rustler Jacklynn cross when lightning ignites a blaze in the untamed Montana forest and their choices force each other into the crucible.
Coming Spring 2021 from the University of Nevada Press.
“In the powerful New Western novel This Here Is Devil’s Work, emotions propel perceived heroes toward destructive acts.”
“In Curtis Vickers’s This Here is Devil’s Work the dreams of its characters burn as bright—and as devastatingly— as the fires of American West. . . . With sharp commentary on working-class dignity and suspense that builds like a fire, This Here is Devil’s Work is a vital exploration of the true meaning of family, perseverance, and the bravery of a woman who knew the odds yet ‘opened her mouth to try anyway’.”
—Allison Davis, author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk
“This Here is Devil’s Work is a vivid and evocative reminder that, here in the vastness of the American West, our personal stories and the stories of the land remain intertwined and inseparable.”
—Michael P. Branch, author of Rants from the Hill and How to Cuss in Western
“In Curtis Vickers’ This Here is Devil’s Work, the archetypes of the American West get a much-needed update. The twining storylines of a grandmother-turned-cattle rustler and a bitter wildland firefighter capture with frightening clarity and empathy what desperation will drive people to. This is the West that I know; full of dangerous lands and dangerous loves, where characters are either forged or consumed in the flames of a raging wildfire.”
—Gabriel Urza, author of The White Death: An Illusion and All That Followed
“Tautly crafted and breathtakingly suspenseful, this debut novel will leave you forever changed.”
—Christopher Coake, author of You Would Have Told Me Not To
“This Here Is Devil’s Work echoes the images of wildfires seen on the nightly news. This timely novel explores the subject matter and themes of stewardship and control, and many readers will be impacted by the difficult contradictions exposed within these pages.”
—Markus Egeler Jones, author of How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice
“Curtis Vickers forges unflinchingly into the fiery hearts of his characters and shelters us from the showering sparks produced by their conflagrations. Montana and its people have rarely burned as brightly as they do in this vivid, finely crafted, page-turner of a novel.”
—Siân Griffiths, author of Scrapple, Borrowed Horses, and The Heart Keeps Faulty Time