Wendall Connor isn’t sure what to believe anymore. His mind has begun to play tricks on him. After seven years in the NFL, he has suffered more concussions than he can count...

But he has to do something. Who else is there?

...In this rugged, desolate area of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the oil boom has gone bust, and where the gushers once flowed, now only drastic measures course through the veins of those so perilously levered for success.

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Literary Critics' Reviews

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Critique: With plot points that could be taken from contemporary newspaper headlines, "Wandering West" is a deftly scripted contemporary novel that documents author Gary C. Stalcup as a master wordsmith and a skilled novelist. A riveting and entertaining read from beginning to end, "Wandering West" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Fiction collections.

Kirkus Review

In Stalcup’s debut novel, an aging, disgraced New York trader (Jack Stiler) starts over as a ranch owner in rural Texas. …Though at first reluctant about the dramatic change, 64-year-old Jack has settled into a new identity as a kindhearted employer and local luminary who uses his investing skills to help fund the ranch amid a landmark drought. But the recent dry spell is perhaps the least of Jack’s concerns …Jack’s misfortunes intensify, calcifying into a surprisingly enthralling, if at times overwhelming, account of one unlucky guy…But such a complaint is nearly inconsequential in light of the constant thrills that keep the pages turning. And that’s saying nothing of Stalcup’s deep-seated empathy, convincing dialogue and metered prose that evoke the work of Kent Haruf and Pete Dexter. An ambitious, sincere novel that weighs the meaning of family and success.

About The Author

Gary C. Stalcup lives in Corpus Christi, Texas where he has been a financial advisor for more than thirty years. He and wife Becky have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two infant granddaughters. When not writing or advising clients on financial matters, Stalcup enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. Like protagonist Jack Stiler in his acclaimed novel Wandering West, Stalcup hopes to spend more time meandering the range from the saddle or on foot in search of arrowheads. Visit him anytime via social media and by email at garystalcup@yahoo.com.

Why Write ?

Good question. I don’t really have a good answer, just the ‘write’ one. (Sorry, I inherited a propensity for making puns from my dad.) Actually, writing can be a royal pain in the butt. Excruciatingly so sometimes. To be honest with you, I dread the thought of it, until an idea strikes me the way a chair rocking over an outstretched tail enlivens a slumbering cat. It gets me moving, if you will. But if writing creates such an emotional upheaval, why do it? Are you…...

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Where Shadows Loom

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Wandering West

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ISBN 9781483403274

Copyright Gary C. Stalcup (Standard Copyright License)

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Published September 3, 2013

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