Pin It
Favorite

Spoon: Robert Greer 

In Robert Greer's Western, the bad guys are tough, the good guys are insightful, the hosses are smart, and the ladies are purty.

click to enlarge art14355.jpg

To what lengths would you go to ensure the safety of your possessions, your land? In the new novel Spoon by Robert Greer, a ranching family gets help in preserving a generations-old way of life from a tumbleweed just passin’ through.

The first time TJ Darley sees Spoon, he’s walking along the interstate with no boots. Arcus Witherspoon had lost his footwear in a poker game, on the way to searching for his roots. Half black, half-Crow or -Cheyenne or something, Spoon needed to know his kin.

The Darleys need help with the Willow Creek Ranch. Marva Darley wants her son to go to college up in Missoula next winter. Bill Darley agrees, even though he intends to pass the ranch on to TJ, just as his own father did for him. And he will go to great lengths indeed to protect what’s his.

Bill Darley resists having a hired man, but Spoon steps up to the challenge, moves into the bunkhouse and quickly makes himself useful. Supposedly, Spoon had the gift of foresight (“The Charm”). Which was lucky for the Darleys — because what Spoon saw in that fall of 1992 was trouble.

All the ranches in that valley, you see, are sitting on one of the biggest coal deposits in the country. Acota, a major company with a bottomless bank account, wanted the rights to mine what was beneath the pastures, but most of the ranchers weren’t willing to ruin their land. And Acota wasn’t taking “no” for an answer.

Tensions increase, and the Darleys start leaning on Spoon’s knowledge, just as he leans on their friendship.

Early on in Greer’s novel, I had my doubts. I mean, an African- American cowpoke with psychic “charming” ability? It sounds like Stereotype City. Fortunately, Spoonas-seer is only a small facet of the novel.

Greer’s Spoon is indeed a tad predictable, though comfort may be just what you’re seeking in a Western. His bad guys are tough hombres, his good guys are insightful, the hosses are smart, and the ladies are purty. At least it brings us Montana a century after the 1890s.

  • Pin It

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • Variations of Zuill
  • Variations of Zuill

    Badass cellist. Musical missionary. Grammy winner. Zuill Bailey redefines Bach for the 21st century
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Backstage Story
  • Backstage Story

    Behind the preparation and precaution: Why it practically takes a village to put on a Cirque du Soleil show
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • The Genius of Bach
  • The Genius of Bach

    His lasting influence, and a look at this year's Bach Festival schedule
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • More »

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Visualizing Science

Visualizing Science @ Prichard Art Gallery

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Terri Schlichenmeyer

Most Commented On

  • Partisan Pagans

    The political divide is even splintering Spokane's witches
    • Feb 2, 2017
  • Finding the Words

    The sounds of 8,000 people taking to the streets of Spokane
    • Jan 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Small Towns 2015: A Gem in the Grain
  • Small Towns 2015: A Gem in the Grain

    Talking coffee, German heritage and civic pride among golden fields in Odessa
    • Aug 12, 2015
  • Blind Faith
  • Blind Faith

    In a vacant lot by the railroad tracks, an unlikely friendship is found
    • Jan 7, 2016

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation