Books by Win Blevins

Win Blevins rushed out of Arkansas and Missouri, passionate to get to college. Then he rushed through an early marriage, teaching positions in colleges, and good jobs as a reviewer of music, theater, and music in Los Angeles, passionate to write books. T


STEALING FIRE by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"The Blevinses continue this series (The Darkness Rolling, 2015, etc.) by expanding on some surrealistically weird details of Wright's actual life while adding a spiritual dimension they would like readers to take seriously. Few will accept this invitation."
Hired by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Jewish/Navajo detective must protect the famous architect from everyone, even himself, while identifying the villain who's out to steal the plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT WATER by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A strangely dispassionate affair with a picturesque Southwest setting."
After a burned-out rock star trashes his old life, he resettles in an unlikely community, hoping the desert air will clear his head. Read full book review >
A LONG AND WINDING ROAD by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A sophisticated alternative to cowboy bravado that owes more to Lonesome Dove than High Noon."
Five books into his rambunctious Rendezvous series chronicling the fur trade in the American West, Spur Award-winner Blevins (Heaven is a Long Way Off, 2006, etc.) shows no signs of peaking. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Wilderness stories that will leave you agape and agog. "
Western novelist Blevins (Ravenshadow, 1999, etc.) spins robust, theatrical and mostly true tales of early-19th-century American mountain men. Read full book review >
BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The glory years of frontier life, fresh and rich."
A second in the author's Rendezvous series (So Wild a Dream, not reviewed), about the early days of the fur trade. Read full book review >
RAVENSHADOW by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1999

Visions continue to drive Blevins's fiction, whether the focus is Crazy Horse (Stone Song, 1995) or, here, a Sioux disc jockey who travels the hard Indian road of depression and alcoholism before finding his roots in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Joseph Blue Crow, raised by his grandparents on the Pine Ridge Reservation to follow the traditional ways, has instead followed a career path to Seattle, lured by the dark promise of Delphine, a sharp black lawyer raised there by a prominent white family. When she commits suicide, Blue comes home despondent; his despair ultimately leads to reckless, suicidal behavior and the loss of his job as a local DJ. His closest friend saves him from self-destruction, and slowly he resumes the path originally intended for him by joining the centennial Big Foot Memorial Ride and taking a series of spirit journey that will transport him directly to the wintry moment when Big Foot's people, among them Blue's ancestors, are slaughtered by the US Army. A strong, thoughtful story of minority suppression within the dominant white culture, but Blue's visions threaten to upstage his real-life struggle and lessen the story's dramatic impact. Read full book review >
THE ROCK CHILD by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

A colorful novel set among the Mormons in 1862, featuring such real folks as Sam Clemens, Sir Richard Burton, Brigham Young, and Porter Rockwell, by the author of Stone Song (1995), an imaginary life of Crazy Horse. Half-Indian Asie Taylor, a musical prodigy who has been accepted into the Church of the Latter-day Saints, drowns when his delivery wagon is overturned in a flash flood, has an out-of-body experience, returns to life, and is amazed to see hovering over him the scarred but beautiful face of Sun Moon, a Tibetan Buddhist nun who was kidnapped in Asia and shipped to America to be sold into prostitution. There, she ended up in Idaho, where Tarim, the local tavernkeeper/whoremaster who bought her, expected to resell her for a hefty sum. When Porter Rockwell, a Mormon known as the Destroying Angel (he seeks out and kills enemies of the church) wins Sun Moon, he attempts to satisfy his lust, is frustrated by his inability to do so, and disfigures her face. Having learned some English while storekeeping, Sun Moon flees Tarim and falls in with Asie, who decides to go in search of his origins and of the meaning of his Shoshone name, Rock Child. Meantime, Rockwell is in pursuit of Sun Moon, determined to kill her—and anyone who gets in his way. Tibetan-speaking British explorer/translator Sir Richard Burton, an opium addict of none-too-sound mind, who's in Salt Lake City to persuade Brigham Young to form a separate Western Confederacy, saves Asie and Sun Moon from Rockwell and joins their quest. For a while, Brigham Young gives them sanctuary from Rockwell, though Rockwell later follows the trio to San Francisco. The climax would satisfy the Buddha himself as his teachings resoundingly bring the murderous Rockwell to heel. Historical detail serves a charming treasure. Read full book review >
STONE SONG by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

Wyoming-based Blevins, whose specialty has been the American West (the paperback High Missouri, etc.), expertly delves into the psyche of a warrior guided by mystic visions. When the story opens, Crazy Horse is a 16-year-old Lakota Sioux with the teenage name of Light Curly Hair—he won't be known as Crazy Horse until he earns his father's title. Meanwhile, because his hair is so different from anyone else's in the tribe, a rumor is spread that he has white blood. It's untrue, but the rumor works to make Light Curly Hair feel apart and isolated. He's also troubled by visions in which he sees himself as a warrior and holy man, a leader who can't be harmed by the white man's bullets. Light Curly Hair's mentor urges him to seek the fulfillment of his visions, but he resists, afraid of the burden. Simultaneously, the tribe feels other pressures: Buffalo are scarce, people are hungry, and the whites are violating the newly signed treaties. When the Civil War ends, more troops, settlers, and miners descend on Lakota lands. By this time, Curly Hair is Crazy Horse. He's distinguished himself in battle against white soldiers, and the warriors trust his leadership, even in retreat—Crazy Horse knows that courage must be tempered by intelligence. He's also accepted the rightness of his visions, as well as the hardships of being a ``holy warrior'' (going unmarried, rejecting nearly all material things). He fights for ``the old ways'' and the ``hunting life,'' but he and the Sioux are inexorably beaten down (despite their victory at Little Big Horn). Later, the humiliations of reservation life make tribe members more petty, more political, more, in Crazy Horse's point of view, white—foreordaining his own betrayal and murder. Many-layered and complex: Blevins reveals a truly human Crazy Horse, and a tribal life that is completely believable. Read full book review >