Rance Kerrington is a security guard, keeping watch for graffiti artists in a train yard in Kansas City. In a dead end job with few prospects, he is unprepared for the arrival of wounded hit man Paul Gallagher, who has just killed to federal officers and the two witnesses they were protecting. Rance’s actions set him on a journey from which there is no turning back.
Daniel Sink’s Stovepipe is a fairly competently written first novel, with tight dialogue and good characterization. It would benefit from some editing to correct formatting problems such as abrupt and distracting hyphenations and eye-wrenching spacing in places. These editing problems, though, only distract in a minor way from the non-stop action and intense drama of a man with nothing to lose who is faced with a choice that will change his life forever.
I’d love to give Stovepipe a rating that underscores its potential, but unfortunately, the editing flaws drop it to three stars. No doubt in my mind, though, that Sink will be back with a vengeance in his next book.