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“My country’s made me its enemy. It’s formal now.” –Nat Cinder

★★★★★ Absolutely wonderful book! “Suspense on every page. Dripping with true patriotism.”


With an FBI sting on his misfit secessionist group closing in, Nat Cinder blasts from Flagstaff to Phoenix on his Triumph Rocket motorcycle. Soon he stumbles onto a packet of photos showing Governor Virginia Rentier lustily paired with three high-ranking women in state government.

Though Cinder and the Governor clashed sixteen years before when his wife died in a car accident, Cinder prefers to keep his dislike of Rentier focused on her politics. He’s too busy blaming himself for his wife’s death, fighting his way back into his son’s life, and leading a crew of beer guzzling rebels to become involved in an intrigue about the Governor’s sex partners.

But when the bullets fly, Nat asks questions, and learns his sudden war with the Governor traces back sixteen years. The photos were put in his path by a provocateur who knows Nat Cinder’s a rough-hewn rebel with enough weaponry cached across Arizona to start a revolution, and the secret at the bottom of his wife’s death will turn him into a powder keg.  



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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

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106 reviews for Tread print

  1. Kindle Customer

    I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters.Nat Cinder and his son have to fight for justice and they lives throughoutThe story.Politics has become big business. As Nat says we are basically votingfor a candidate and hoping they are the lesser of two evils.I wish all the issues had been resolvd.

  2. Kindle Customer

    Great character depictions and a story that I desperately wanted to end on a positive note. Ah well, I will look forwarding to reading what happens to the Governor in the next installment.

  3. CT

    This writer has been my fave for the last year. His rural noir is the best out there. Here, he switches gears a bit, upping the pace and character count to mix a bit of Elmore Leonard into his trademark gritty noir.There’s great Ross Thomas-style political themes here, which is also new. I spent a couple seconds trying to figure out if the any or all of the characters’ paranoid anti-government/anti-immigration stances reflected the author’s but quickly realized it matters not. The cliched bit about the lesbian being lesbian because of molestation bugged me, but I got over it. The author is good at intelligently covering many sides of the various issues he writes into his characters’ heads, but as usual has no mercy when it comes to out and out evil.Loved it!!!!

  4. Rick L.

    This book finishes a close second to Solomon Bull. A gripping story with truely despicable villains and a hero who is both flawed and redeemable. The plot illustrates what I have long believed is the big picture plan behind the liberal approach to illegal immigration and open borders. Like Solomon this story begs for a sequel. At least.

  5. Jean Montgomery

    You just cannot put this one down , I’ve been up for 48 hours because I couldn’t put this one down , sure hope we have more Nat later .

  6. Amazon Customer

    We just had a snowstorm that closed 7 counties. I spent the night watching it snow and being transfixed by your story and the characters. What a wonderful ability to be able to write so the reader feels like they are watching from a distance.Thank you

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