Craig Parker's debut novel, The Bridge Burner, humorously illustrates an American family's transition to a new life at the dawn of the Great Recession. This entertaining melodrama is extraordinarily current, consistently funny, and, above all, sincere. Join Craig Parker on his journey from the Midwest's suburbia to the solace of the Central Rockies. More
When Craig Parker loses his job, he walks away. From credit cards, auto loans, power companies, and HMOs. With his wife and three teen-aged children, he bids farewell to his home rumbles west in two U-haul trucks. Their destination is a fishing cabin in the Central Rockies where the Parkers plan to ride out the Great Recession.
With the help of an old rancher, Craig's family makes a go of homesteading in a tiny mountain valley in the twenty-first century and Craig returns to his first trade as a carpenter. When he begins writing a book designed to expose corruption in the judicial system back east, Craig’s old law firm threatens his family. Consequently, Craig turns to some old clients in the international drug trade to help him level the playing field.
An informative and entertaining story, The Bridge Burner takes advantage of Parker’s background in law, philosophy, history, and native American woodcraft. Raised by Choctaw grandparents in the hills of the Ozarks, Parker’s knowledge displays a strange combination of survival skills, human dynamics, international relations and telepathy. Above it all, however, our hero displays humor and compassion.