David L. Hoof

Sharpshooter

Set in 2001 in the dying Montana town of Sanctuary, Sharpshooter pits the local lawman, half Jew and half Crow, Redfawn Kravitz, against the recent killer of U.S. Senate candidate Jeb Holloway, a powerful man with lots of enemies. Red's best friend is a Northern Cheyenne, Standing Bear Hatcher, a legendary All-Pro linebacker, former pro wrestler and current owner of The Elk, the only bar in fifty miles.

The weapon that killed Holloway is a Sharps buffalo rifle. The lethal slug seems to have come through time, as if the murderer stepped out of the past, then melted back to just after the Battle of Little Bighorn, when the Holloways began grabbing up land at bargain prices. As the investigation gains ground, both suspects and witnesses begin dropping like flies.

National media and Federal agents descend on Sanctuary while Red and Bear huddle to figure out who is doing this killing and why. These conversations occur in Plains Indian sign language while the two fish for cutthroat trout in the Little Bighorn, pinched between the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations. Increasingly Red is haunted by the echoes of long-dead Indian warriors, trying to warn him about unrealized dangers. The dead chiefs and braves who considered Bearpaw mountain sacred seem to want him to take a stand with Bear against the investors who want to develop a ski resort on its slopes.

Sharpshooter is modern in the sense of being present-day, but Western in terms of the
ruggedness and traditional or tribal views of its surviving Indians and characters. It isn't likely that you'll guess whodunnit until the last chapter. Three romantic subplots add welcome relief from this otherwise hard land and its enduring people. As beautifully written as the story is gripping, this one may just be literature.

Praise for Sharpshooter


"David Hoof re-establishes himself as one of the most talented and versatile masters of the writer's craft with a Western thriller featuring Red Kravitz, a new hero whose originality and persistence render his narrative gripping from the first page."
- Don Gastwirth, former editor, Yale Literary Magazine

"In Sharpshooter, David Hoof successfully blends mordern forensics and Old West lore to tell a story of murder, greed, and treachery. Deputy Redfawn Kravitz draws from his Indian heritage to track down a killer roaming a frontier prowled by wild men and wild women."
- Thomas B. Allen, author of Tories

"Sharpshooter, in the spirit of all great westerns, fuses past, present and future, reminding us that place is defined as much by geography as it is by time."
- Nicholas Croce, The Croce Agency

"Doomstruck Westerners tangled together like hibernating rattlesnakes in a whodunnit as tricky as The Missouri Breaks.
- Jed Horne, Pulitzer Prize Winner and
author of Desire Street, a True Story of Death and
Deliverance in New Orleans


"Sharpshooter by David Hoof is a gripping suspense thriller with a gritty, western feel. I very highly recommend this book! The writing is outstanding and story will have you hooked from the start."
- Michelle Vasquez, good reads

"Brilliant, yes. I just wrote brilliant. Have I caught your attention yet? Sharpshooter by David Hoof is an amazing novel, flat our mesmerizing from the first page to the last. His style is totally unique, his gift of writing phenomenal, and this novel just is one intense read. I am going out on a limb here and saying that this may be one of, if not the best, novels that I have read this year. Yes, that is how strongly I feel about the work this author has turned out here."
- Giovanni Gelato, G-spot radio blog show host




Selected Works

suspense mystery
For every emerging independent woman today, men can be little better than annoying at best and downright monstrous at worst. A creation of a stolen NSA computer program, Fiona Halloran is launched into the present to assist faltering novelist Andy Delaney capture the market that has evaded him, the one for and about women. But there’s an emerging risk: increasing personal danger to them both. This doesn’t stop when they finish his latest novel, Babes & Bastards. It just spills over to the next best seller in a series starring Fiona Halloran, Nun No More. Look for it soon in a bookstore near you.
In the dying Montana town of Sanctuary, helf-Crow Deputy Redfawn Kravitz relentlessly tracks the killer of Senate candidate Jeb Holloway, who then starts picking off the best suspects, one-by-one.
Using only sounds as clues, a blind man must locate his six-year-old niece before kidnappers kill her.
historical mystery
Just before Oktoberfest in 1931, Adolf Hitler's niece and secret lover is found dead in a locked room in the Fuhrer's Munich flat. Pressured by the Nazis, the police rule it a suicide, but evidence suggests a cold blooded execution. If the killer can be outed, widespread outrage will thwart a maniac's rush to power.
Satire
A cheated wife goes way overboard to get revenge on - and a fair settlement from -- her uberrich husband, with terrifyingly hysterical results.
literary mystery
Little Gods is prep school noir, like A Separate Peace as if it were written by Alfred Hitchcock.
action adventure
A clandestine biowar attack on America reduces society to medieval chaos.
Fiction
Approaching Christmas, a winter blizzard locks Chicago in snow. Among its residents, retired FBI poisons expert Tad Lindholm is a haunted man. Haunted by his past, haunted by his recently dead lover Yvette, haunted by the long shadows of too many empty booze bottles, haunted by depression, and tempted by an arsenal of deadly doses to end it all. At the same time, he is trapped by lingering suspicions that he alone synthesized the traceless toxins responsible for recent deaths. Numb with stubbornness, encircled by intersecting mysteries, Lindholm pursues the real killers among his enemies, only to discover an unimaginably personal betrayal.