Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (first published in 2016 by Canongate Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House)
Although Ron Rash has written a number of books, this is the first one I have had the joy of reading. Now I want to go back and read the others!
He writes in a very poetic and lyrical way, which is a welcome difference, given the current trend of popular fiction pushing literary geniuses to the bottom shelves.
Above the Waterfall’s main character is Sheriff Les Clary. Usually, being the feminist I am, I steer away from books where the lead protagonist isn’t a woman.
This isn’t intentional, of course. I just find that I relate far better to female characters. This book was different though. Getting inside Les Clary’s head was a remarkable journey.
He’s about to retire from his position of county sheriff, but finds himself immersed in one last dangerous case. As he ventures into the wild mountains he discovers aspects of his past that he had tried to hide away.
Then, while chasing other demons, he is forced to face his own.
It was a beautiful read filled with mystery, excellent psychology, exceptional scenes of nature, and a character I enjoyed getting to know.