At the novel’s center are Caleb Ross, a seventeen-year-old boy who is adrift after the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago—and Chris Cherry, a recently hired sheriff’s deputy and former high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his small hometown of Murfee (based off Alpine, TX). When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together, and they must navigate a treacherous maze of drug smuggling, corruption, and murder, in which the legendary local sheriff, Stanford “Judge” Ross—Caleb’s father and Chris's boss—appears to be deeply implicated.
At once fast-paced and poetic, spellbinding and significant, dark and generous of heart, this is a modern Western tale of loss and escape that you won’t soon forget.
Todd Scott was born and raised in Kentucky, graduating from the College of William and Mary. Although he had a passion for writing, Scott decided to instead pursue law enforcement and applied for a position with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During the long and intensive hiring process, he began law school at George Mason University. When offered a position as a Special Agent in 1995, he took a sabbatical from law school a year short of graduation, later completing his degree, and has been working cases investigating international maritime smuggling, domestic meth labs, and Mexican cartels.
Although a work of fiction, The Far Empty is deeply informed by Todd Scott’s twenty year career as a Special Agent with the DEA, many of them spent on the southwestern border. He worked out much of the dialogue and plot while driving through the region, inspired by the desert scrub and isolated small towns that passed by his car window. Moreover, Scott’s tale crackles with authenticity.
Carmichael's is excited to welcome J. Todd Scott for a reading and signing of The Far Empty which has been called a modern-day Western.
“[So] good I wish I’d written it. The poetic and bloody ground of west Texas has given birth to a powerful new voice in contemporary western crime fiction.”—Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire series