Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What would you do if your town sheriff father was tried, convicted and jailed for drug smuggling and distribution? Dropping out of college and joining the local police force probably isn't your first thought, but Bobby Blake does just that. When Patrick is, after 12 years, released from prison, Bobby and wife Sheri take him in, all the while wondering whether Patrick can stay out of trouble. How has prison changed him? Has prison changed him? The answer, of course, is yes... and no. Trouble from before Patrick's arrest follows him, and the ways in which he's changed lead to trouble for his family and former deputy, now sheriff.
The metaphor of the wolf is a good one. Not only is there a search and hunt for a lone female wolf roaming the area of the Cascades where the action takes place, Patrick could be seen as a lone male wolf. He's violent, but it's because that's how nature sometimes is, not because he wants it.
The writing is something of a mix between Kent Haruf and Mickey Spillane, which can be an interesting mix as well as annoying. Overall, this was really more of a 3.5 but I was feeling generous.
ARC provided by publisher.