Helena novelist Tom Onstott will read from and sign copies of his new political thriller Sniper (R.J. Buckley Publishing, 2012), at Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender St., on Friday March 9 at 7 p.m.
A Jardine native and retired explosives engineer, Onstott weaves a conspiracy tale twisting the war on terror with Patriot Act abuses, and sets it in the mountains of Montana. “An unwarranted tap on the phone of a suspected terrorist and a simple typo sends a stealth FBI team to the right address, but in the wrong town. Now six innocent people are dead, including the family of a decorated sniper in the U.S. Army Special Forces, Master Sergeant James Simpson.”
With Simpson as his hero, Onstott explores the implications of unchecked power in a fearful climate.
Onstott has written ten books, including an homage to his childhood spent in a mining camp near Yellowstone (Surviving Jardine), set to be published later this year. He’s worked all over the northern United States, blasting away at the earth for massive hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest, from Montana copper mines to the search for oil in the Midwest, from the iron fields of Minnesota, and to the coal mines of Kentucky.
A reception and book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.