Days of Atonement

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Loren Hawn is a traditional Western peace officer walking the streets of 21st Century New Mexico, and seemingly unaware that times have changed. And when a dying man named Randal falls out of a bullet-riddled car and dies in Loren’s arm, Loren finds he isn’t the only man living in the wrong time--- because he remembers pulling Randal’s dead body out of a wrecked car twenty years before. More
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About Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Deep State, and This Is Not a Game.

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C S McClellan reviewed on Sep. 25, 2017

Police procedural? Crime thriller? A touch of Western and SF? All of them, with a deeply flawed, yet seriously moral central character. Loren is a police chief with a violent temper. He's been taking illegal payoffs for years, because that's the way things go in Atocha. But he's also a loving family man, and and man with a conscience, who worries about the contradictions between his behavior and his religious beliefs. In other words, he's a complex character, one that you wind up rooting for.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
fragomatik reviewed on April 28, 2013

Loren Hawn is such a memorable character, somewhat flawed but so human and real. This book - like it's author - is remarkably underrated. It can be appreciated on many levels; as a police procedural or as a mystery with a touch of underplayed sci-fi weirdness, which makes it accessible to even non-sci-fi-readers.

Williams has a gift for action and pacing, masterfully laying down the layers of mystery, and building-up the various plot-lines. His locations and characters feel authentic, their interactions and dialogue feel honest and real, and imparts a strong sense-of-place.

Now, this novel - in the hands of a competent producer - would make a great film, so long as it was adapted with respect and authenticity.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Clyde Wisham reviewed on Aug. 31, 2011

This is an amazing book.
Loren Hawn, Chief of Police in a small town in New Mexico, has a murder to solve. The problem is, it is an impossible murder, because he saw the same man die twenty years earlier. This is a mystery deeper than a small town policeman should have to solve, but solve it he must. Hawn is a strong man, quick tempered, and a fighter with a tendency to rage. But, he also has a strong sense of duty and some uncommon detecting ability.
I will avoid any spoilers. Suffice to say Chief Hawn's investigation into the mysterious murder leads him to a conspiracy involving a nearby research facility. At the same time, he has to deal with unrest due to the closing of the town's main employer, a nearby copper mine, and with escalating local criminal activity. The combination is volatile. The story has a truly explosive finish.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
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