This book cover is a project that I’ve been working on recently. It was written by Jim Curtis – retired Naval Flight Officer, engineer for the defense industry, and now adds published author to his resume!
Texas rancher and lawman John Cronin knows what it means to be tough. A decorated Vietnam vet with connections to law enforcement agencies all around the world, he’s thwarted smugglers and drug plots across the globe with more than a few narrow escapes. Whether it’s a sniper competition or teaching the feds a thing or two about police work, Cronin doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Of course, this slow-talking lawman’s biggest challenge yet might be when his granddaughter Jesse falls in love with a Marine. When drug smugglers stir up trouble in Cronin’s backyard and try to kill Jesse and her new beau, all hell breaks loose, and Cronin and his granddaughter are just the people to set things right.
Jim has a gift for writing dialog and his characters are wonderfully fleshed out. His use of vignettes paint pictures that stay with you, and build on an aspect of the story. There’s a terrific realism in his characters – they’re grumpy, quirky, imperfect – making them memorable and lovable. There were a few nights where I stayed up longer than I should have – “just a couple more pages…” And I had a case of “book grieving”, which for me is a sign of a good read. Buy this book, you’ll be glad you did.
This cover was a great job to work on, and I am honored to be included in on the project. Thanks Jim!