This Here Is Devil's Work

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University of Nevada Press
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5.9 X 8.6 X 1.3 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Curtis Bradley Vickers's short fiction and essays have been published by Sou'wester, Ohioana Quarterly, Shroud, Muscle & Blood, and GWS Press. From the first wildfire he experienced as a child fishing on the Mogollon Rim to the first time the Bonneville Salt Flats cracked beneath his feet, he has always wanted to pin to the page the West that filled his imagination. This Here is Devil's Work is Vickers's first novel. He lives in Reno, NV. For more information, visit


"Stylistically, in its cadences and dialects, the book seems to owe something to Cormac McCarthy (especially the Border Trilogy novels), and in its portrayal of the hard-luck desperation of Westerners struggling to cobble together a living, it calls to mind the fiction of Reno-born Willy Vlautin. This Here Is Devil's Work is a reminder of the tension that exists between the scenic grandeur of the West-- embodied by the Grand Canyon, say, or the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains--and the more raw and difficult aspects of a landscape that is frequently unsparing, unforgiving, and indifferent to human concerns. And Vickers's descriptive powers are considerable. . . . Above all, though, the book announces Vickers as an exciting new talent-- someone poised to help guide the literary West into a new era."
--Jeffrey Chisum, Western American Literature

"In the powerful New Western novel This Here Is Devil's Work, emotions propel perceived heroes toward destructive
--Foreword Reviews

"In Curtis Vickers's This Here is Devil's Work the dreams of its characters burn as bright--and as devastatingly-- as the fires of American West. . . . With sharp commentary on working-class dignity and suspense that builds like a fire, This Here Is Devil's Work is a vital exploration of the true meaning of family, perseverance, and the bravery of a woman who knew the odds yet 'opened her mouth to try anyway'."
--Allison Davis, author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk

"This Here is Devil's Work is a vivid and evocative reminder that, here in the vastness of the American West, our personal stories and the stories of the land remain intertwined and inseparable."
--Michael P. Branch, author of Rants from the Hill and How to Cuss in Western

"In Curtis Vickers' This Here is Devil's Work, the archetypes of the American West get a much-needed update. The twining storylines of a grandmother-turned-cattle rustler and a bitter wildland firefighter capture with frightening clarity and empathy what desperation will drive people to. This is the West that I know; full of dangerous lands and dangerous loves, where characters are either forged or consumed in the flames of a raging wildfire."
--Gabriel Urza, author of The White Death: An Illusion and All That Followed

"Tautly crafted and breathtakingly suspenseful, this debut novel will leave you forever changed."
--Christopher Coake, author of You Would Have Told Me Not To

"This Here Is Devil's Work echoes the images of wildfires seen on the nightly news. This timely novel explores the subject matter and themes of stewardship and control, and many readers will be impacted by the difficult contradictions exposed within these pages."
--Markus EgelerJones, author of How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice

"Curtis Vickers forges unflinchingly into the fiery hearts of his characters and shelters us from the showering sparks produced by their conflagrations. Montana and its people have rarely burned as brightly as they do in this vivid, finely crafted, page-turner of a novel."
​--Siân Griffiths, author of Scrapple, Borrowed Horses, and The Heart Keeps Faulty Time