Fiction: Rough Animals by Rae DelBianco

“You don’t mess with Box Elder people you dumb fuck.”

23-year-old twins Wyatt and Lucy Smith are just scraping by, alone on their Utah ranch since the death of their father.  A ranch they’re fixing to lose after an ill-fated encounter by Wyatt with a girl half demon on an early morning hunt leaves them short enough cattle to sink the whole venture.  And so Wyatt leaves the ranch on a mad quest to hunt down the girl and get restitution somehow, anyhow.

Things get awful bloody from there as Wyatt encounters bikers, cartels, and drug manufacturers and the girl that may be the most dangerous of all of them with nothing but a rusty shotgun, a glass eye, and indomitable human spirit.  All set against a sere, windblown Utah seemingly empty of anything but coyote, cattle, crank, and cowboys carrying assault rifles.

Rough Animals is Rae DelBianco’s debut.  And what a damn debut it is.

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