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The Comfort of Distance


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A well-paced story that draws you in; characters you won't want to leave. An ending that satisfies while you look ahead for what comes next!

"The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in." This book is all those things and more!

One of my absolute favorite lines, showcasing that dash of comedy, is found on page 247 in which a police interrogation is taking place. One of the main characters, Hank, says to a suspected criminal, "Well, slap my butt and start the rodeo. This is just fine!" Incredibly original, smart, and smile inducing for those who have spent a day or two at the rodeo.

The characters are believable. The situations in which they find themselves equally so. The scientific terms electrifying, easy to understand, providing a depth of gravity and truth that adds appreciated layers to this robust read.

Anthropologist Dr. Sebastian Grey is a multi-faceted character. One you will look forward to following after. As a main character he reminds me of actor Laurent Capelluto's portrayal of Franck Siriani in the French-Belgian television show "Black Spot". Someone who is highly intelligent but with his own set of idiosyncrasies that makes him come across as awkward. In Sebastian Grey's case, many of the awkward moments are home-spun; meaning, he is plagued by his own insecurities.

I lived in Wyoming and spent many moons within the Black Hills of South Dakota. The descriptions, with a nod to Sturgis, the setting of Custer, all prominent within The Comfort of Distance made my heart stir, vibrate, and hum with fond remembrance. For those that haven't explored the State of South Dakota, this book will take you there! By the end of the read you will know what it's like to taste the dust in the wind, know the value of water, and see landscapes in a whole new way. Through the lens of an anthropologist, you'll be brought into a wilderness where the eyes of hawks and eagles see, plain as day, what others miss.

A masterful tale, with just the right amount of humanness; outside of minor typo's scattered here and there, close to perfect. With main characters so real you'll be thankful you won't have to say, "Goodbye!" We'll meet Dr. Sebastian Grey again, and when we do perhaps we'll learn to understand more of why he is the way he is. There's more than one mystery waiting to be be unraveled and I look forward to getting to the bottom of them all.

Five-stars given without hesitation. I highly recommend!

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About the author

Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist. The Comfort of Distance is Ryburn’s first novel. For more information please visit view profile

Published on November 10, 2020

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70000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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