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Clayton’s work has been smashingly reviewed by:
Publishers Weekly (starred review and best of the week), Indie Next List, Kirkus, BlueInk Review, Foreword Reviews, Seattle Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, San Francisco Book Review, Portland Book Review, Indie Reader, SPR, California Bookwatch, Reader Views, Spinetingler Magazine, Hardboiled Wonderland, various independent Best of the Year mentions, (Spinetingler and DoSomeDamage, among others).
Clayton’s novels Cold Quiet Country and My Brother’s Destroyer have been published in France by Le Seuil, and have been charmingly reviewed by Le Monde, La Croix, and Le Figaro.
If you haven’t read Clayton’s unique style of darkly humored literary noir, what are you waiting for?
Name: Clayton Lindemuth
Born: 1970, Royal Oak, MI
High School: Brockway, PA
College: Clarion University of PA, Arizona State University, (BA English Lit)
Married: Julie, since 1996
Military Service: Army reserve 1988-1994; Active Duty Army 1995-1998, 13B Field Artillery; Arms Room
First Career: Financial Planning, Wealth Management, CLU ChFC CKA
Second Career: Farting around writing books and loving every single day.
Interests: Economics (Austrian), quantum physics, consciousness studies, apologetics
Hobbies: Ultra distance running (longest run 73 miles); woodworking, motorcycle touring (Indian Challenger)
Favorite Music: Doors, Zeppelin, Skynyrd, Stones, Floyd, Alice in Chains, and of course, Hank Williams Jr.
Favorite Authors: Heinlein, Connelly, Twain, London
Karl H –
I think Clayton has been reading my mail. The similarities between my childhood and Linc Buzzard’s are uncanny. Although, I never stole from my dad, and I never met Baer Creighton. This story is the first on the “Virtue” series by this author. If my humble opinion is valued, this series will be taught in every public school English literature class. I’m not holding my breath. The story is well researched, the segment about the distributor for a 8-N Ford tractor is cool. And, I believe the author has milked a cow. I recommend it. Buy the book, keep it close, remember who you loaned it to.
William S. –
Can’t wait for the next book. I couldn’t stop reading. Page after page after page. Thank for the great book.
David G. Hendrickson –
One focus of this story is on the relationship of a father and son, but also on relationships among other characters involved directly and indirectly in their lives. Another focus is on how in any given situation, some will do what is “right” while others may seek only personal gain.Readers may have different takes on the lessons characters learn from their interactions with one another in this story. Indeed, viewed from different perspectives, this may be the author’s intent.Just as in the time of Shakespeare the Elizabethan audience would have a different take than readers of today on the famous quote from “Hamlet” when Polonius advises his son, Laertes: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”The character Polonius likely meant one should first benefit oneself and then one may be able to benefit others. Today, we may view this as a statement about honor and commitment – to be honest – to always do the right thing – to do what should or could have been done – to act in such manner as to be able to review with moral judgement as having truly acted with integrity.This book’s author uses various literary techniques to achieve a similar goal and while you engage in this enjoyable read you may find yourself reflecting on your relationships and on your own take on the term INTEGRITY. You may even see yourself and others in a different light.
Amazon Customer –
Saw a ad for his first book in Baer series and have bought all of his books. As the chacter’s grow so does Clayton’s writing. He has a lesson in each book and a thought on how to process our thought’s in a unique way, you will be cheering and thinking about how we view the people we may meet in our lives. Clayton doesn’t dissapoint in his writing.
erich brinkerhoff –
I normally like to slow read…to savor and think about what the words mean to me…what the author means by them and how they tie into the rest of the story. Frank and Lincoln captured my attention very quickly. I’m 62 years old, a father and a grandfather so I could relate to both of their thinking patterns. Having had some of the same things cross my mind as they both did. It broke my heart that Frank had beat his son so bad and yet it also gave me hope for Frank that he took living an honest life so seriously….that he wanted so much more for his son and that he felt great guilt knowing and recognizing his own faults. In Linc I remembered how brash and blinded I could be at his age. Once I had been wronged I rarely trusted again. My hormones raging and the girls of my dreams always on my mind. I had my share of being mad at the world and fighting to keep from being made fun of. My son and I had problems like these when he was growing up. I never beat him but I didn’t always give him the benefit of the doubt either. The dialog between them was superb. I could feel the teenage angst and the adult frustration.The first part of the story had me so enthralled that I nearly forgot about Baer, Tat and Joe. When they entered the story it was a rush….it was about 3:00 am and snowing out. I had a cat on my lap and a light buzz and I knew I wasn’t going to be getting much sleep. I have loved these characters through many books now and to become acquainted with them in a new predicament was very enjoyable. I even said out loud “Hell ya Linc…it’s Baer, Tat and Joe down there”. My cat Huck, who was in my lap at the time, looked at me like I was crazy before settling back in to sleep. So from that point on Frank and Linc were already well developed and had me rooting for their success and the bonus was my old friends had come to join in. Baer has matured greatly and although he is surly still no one to mess with, I admire him even more for what he has been through and who he has become on the other side of it….smart, caring, compassionate, loyal, intuitive, badass and loving. I’m quite sure he would still put a bullet in anyone that truly needs one but…..he takes the time to make sure that a bullet is the last and only answer left. My Baer, and I know I take great liberty in saying that, is a man to be proud to know and call a friend. I also greatly appreciated you promoting a virtuous life of liberty and freedom in this story. People need to go back to those roots and cling to them. Thank you for allowing me to read this. I loved every page. I think your new series is wonderful. May I ask that we get to have Tat and Joe help to promote some of the virtues you will be writing about as well as our Baer. I know I take liberties…..great job Clayton!
Marty Gayle –
INTEGRITYIntegrity has become scarce these days. In this book we see not just another coming of age story but a story where both father and son learn that integrity is a two way street.Frank Buzzard is a hard man, a stern man. He believes he is setting by example the code of Honor and Integrity that his son should seek to live by. Linc, his 15 year old son, just wants some of the same things his peers have which of course cost money. Frank doesn’t believe in putting money anywhere other than back into the farm. That philosophy doesn’t hold with a boy being ridiculed at school because his clothes don’t fit properly. And how will he ever get that pretty girl to notice him if he doesn’t fit in. The air is thick between the two with no one to intercede on either’s behalf, no wife, no mother. Just father and son and they don’t like each other.With conflict reaching the boiling point, father and son are preparing for the ultimate showdown when Baer Creighton arrives in their lives. Baer having recently experienced a radical awakening of mind, body and soul seeks to tamper this roiling cauldron of emotion while dealing an emergency of his own.What follows during an altercation brought on by outsiders brings Frank and Linc to each face their pent up feelings toward each other and make split second decisions based solely on the good they know each other to possess, letting old grievances and preconceived notions slip away.Integrity is not just another Baer Creighton hit for all of us rabid fans of the man and his back country ways. Integrity speaks to the heart of every teenage boy who thinks his father doesn’t have a clue. Give a copy of this book to the teen boy in your life. Someday he will thank you for doing so.
Yet again, Clayton Lingemuth entertained me for a few days with a story I just couldn’t put down. His fictional dark mystery, action packed story with a just a touch of paranormal is a unique and potent combination. Warning…can be habit forming…
Kindle Customer –
What I like most is what Baer has become…I have read all the books and enjoyed them. The transition from moonshine to savant has been a brilliant experience for me.
I finished this book this morning after spending the night on an airplane reading it. There was no putting it down. And leaves a person pondering the human experience.Excellent read. Even better if you’ve followed Baer and Tat.
Kevin C –
Finished this in a single sitting; could not be put down. Well written with a few twists and excellent ending. Keep them coming Clayton.
Brian W. –
I loved this book! I loved the values of the characters and how they are upheld, even when they are just about the only thing left. I also really enjoyed Baer and Tat making an appearance and the changes that they have undergone since last we saw them. You won’t be disappointed with this one, or any of Clayton’s books, and I believe I’ve read them all.
By now, via the blurb and several detailed reviews, you have a good idea what Integrity is about. So, rather than echo them, I’ll offer my own perspective on how we interpret such things as integrity, honor and truth.Is our integrity – our adherence to a moral code – guaranteed to be truly moral? Is honor something we inherently comprehend, or is it reliant on one’s character? Is truth solid and unalterable, or merely what we choose to believe?I’m sure both Anderson Hatfield and Randall McCoy were honorable men. At least at one point. But when their honor descended into blind vindictiveness and embraced by their respective families, was honor cast aside in favor of unsatisfiable vengeance?Do the “ends justify the means,” when the means are corrupt and dishonorable, or do the ends merely equate with the means?Clayton Lindemuth’s book Integrity challenges our definitions and individual perspectives. Are Frank Buzzard’s ethics truly ethical when discipline becomes abuse? When his beliefs and way of doing things are forced upon his son? When conclusions are jumped to, setting aside facts?The beauty of Integrity is that the reader is drawn to empathize with both father and son, each steadfast in their beliefs, neither being entirely “right” or “wrong,” and finally reaching that long-avoided middle ground of mutual understanding and respect, and the desire to rebuild their lives not as enemies, but as father and son.Integrity isn’t simply a story to read; it’s a story to think about.
Jim Willemin –
Loved this book,it felt like I was coming home to a long lost friend, I love Baer I read all the others at least twice makes u think and its entertaining read I finished it in one day and I highly recommend all Baer Creighton series
Steve Giguere –
I love this series and the journey Baer has been on, each book gets a little better. Maybe the author is improving or I’m just invested in the characters. Either way I enjoy them all.
Happy Customer –
Lincoln is a farm boy through and through. Normal as a boy whose mother died giving birth to him, and whose father rages regularly against the hardness of the world. One seriously Pennsylvania winter Lincoln and his father are forced to fight against a team of brothers determined to get the best of them, or die trying. Luck or fate or the universal truths deliver help in the form of a mother, her newborn, her husband, and a dog who seems like he can almost talk.
Kindle Customer Kajun Kowboy –
I’ve read everything with Baer in it and can’t get enough of him. Now he has his woman and son it can only get better
TOMMY FLYNN –
I was a little confused at first since bear didn’t appear right at the first but in all it was a great book everything I would expect from this writer and this story
Curious Frog –
I’m very pleased with this first book in the coming series. Instead of giving a definition of integrity the author has his characters demonstrate what integrity means, and how the lack of it affects them. It could have fallen to preachiness but avoided that pitfall with a rousing story of a father and son as they learn about each other when confronted with danger from outsiders.Clayton does a fine job of letting us look inside the thinking that spins around in our head when we’re not mindful of the consequences of our thought processes. He shows how that animal brain that jabbers at us constantly distorts reality and our understanding of others until we create a world that is unhealthy, and how to shut it down by focusing on… well, that’s up to you.For those who love Lindemuth’s characters from the Baer Creighton series, you’ll be pleased to find that Baer has a strong, supporting role in Integrity. He’s still clever and funny, but his language has cleaned up for this multiple age group book.Great book. I suggest teen and up. Violence is minimal and not gratuitous. Language is clean.
I’m glad I read this book. It not only tells a good story, it has a lesson for those who are open. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Love Clayton Lindemuth’s writing! He writes a darn good story and includes philosophy of life for everyone. I have read all his books and I am a better person for it.