"Though the threat of violence looms throughout the narrative, Grady delivers a spare tale of domestic tragedy, rich with nostalgia and memorable characters. Larry McMurty fans will enjoy themselves."
– Publishers Weekly
“This isn’t a coming-of-age story of a young boy, this is the coming-of-age story of a young nation, rendered on the canvas of rural America, circa 1959. A heart-rending meditation on how innocence becomes wisdom, how fate becomes freedom, and how nostalgia reveals truth. I loved this book!”
– Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"Grady pivots from the intrigue of The Condor to a powerful, heartfelt coming-of-age tale set in the Last Best Place. Young Lucas gets his first pair of glasses and a good, long look at the underbelly of his hometown. From first crushes and family ties to profound love and deep injustice, The Smoke in Our Eyes is a brilliant portrait of an era. This book feels like home."
– Janet Skeslien Charles, national bestselling author of The Paris Library
"The Smoke in Our Eyes gives us a propulsive coming-of-age novel with a heart as big as its Montana high plains setting."
– Gwen Florio, award-winning Montana novelist and journalist
"James Grady’s The Smoke In Our Eyes rounds up family, community, and the land like his rugged settler-cowhand forebearers… I savored the behaviors, concerns, speech patterns, accomplishments, failures, eccentricities, ids, egos, and the general feast of America and our place of origin in Smoke."
– Sidner Larson, PhD, author of Catch Colt, published poet, and law professor of Indigenou
Praise for James Grady
"A cinematic thriller racing through the heartland of our American now."
– Stephen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-winner
“Brilliant! A novel of soaring imagination, This Train delivers a kaleidoscope of riveting characters and roller coasters of hurtling plots. The book’s nonstop pages redefine crime fiction, and author Grady captivates us further by telling the story in a voice that is so rich, resonant and poetic that it veritably sings. Bravo!”
– Jeffery Deaver, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, author of The Bone Collector and
“A cross-section of American types—visualize an updated version of Chaucer’s Canterbury pilgrims—whose actions, often enigmatic and ominously unsettling, are relayed in fast-moving, syncopated prose, each sentence like a knife-thrust. It is a truth universally acknowledged that suspense novels set on trains can’t help be anything other than terrific."
– Michael Dirda, The Washington Post