Review Butterfly Ranch by RK Salters – Tristan Griffin is a household name and the author of a universally popular detective series. For the past few years he has lived in self-exile in a remote jungle lodge nestled in the Mayan hills of Southern Belize, with his partner Hedda. The novel begins as he attempts suicide and Hedda disappears.
Altamont Stanbury, an old Kriol police constable posted to the local backwater of San Antonio, rushes to the scene with his daughter Philomena, the village nurse. Philomena saves Tristan but he remains unconscious. Altamont, a bumbler and long-time reader of crime novels, launches a half-hearted search for Hedda by radio but decides to remain at the lodge.
In truth his reverence for Tristan the writer consumes all else, and he becomes obsessed with the Griffin books he finds at the lodge. When Tristan comes to, he is distraught and at times delirious, haunted by flashbacks of his uncompromising, cursed love for Hedda and the dark secret behind her disappearance.
His anger and increasingly erratic behavior only find respite in the presence of Altamont’s innocent daughter. But he feels nothing but spite for Altamont himself, and the relationship between the two threatens to have fatal consequences for one or both. Butterfly Ranch is a story of obsessive love, self-destruction and unexpected redemption.
A Note From the Publisher
RK Salters was born in Paris to an Irish émigré father and French mother. He is himself an exile, currently living in Lithuania, where he earlier met his future wife while exploring the collapsing Soviet Union. He is a passionate traveller and an expedition in Belizean jungles provided the setting for Butterfly Ranch.
I am very curious. Is this really a story that will make me return to South America, involving several characters, and a life full of mystery. No need to spend a lot of time. From the beginning I was exposed to how RK Salters wrote this story.
Stanbury Altamont was introduced as a protagonist. A police officer who is waiting for a sign and is impressed that he is really useful for this criminal story. His job in the city of San Antonio which has the impression of calm and peace does not seem very striking. I don’t like it a bit because he doesn’t really care about his wife. Then the story becomes more complete with the presence of Philomena, daughter of Altamont Stanbury.
Obviously this story began when Hedda disappeared and Tristan Griffin committed suicide. Now Altamont really has a strong role. Griffin who was unconscious made a story like a shadow. Then why is Altamont told as a fan of Griffin’s books? However, this part made me fall in love with the story. There was a police officer who should work hard to solve the mystery, but instead read all of Griffin’s books casually.
I waited for Altamont to do something and it also frustrated me. Fortunately there is Philomena. Her job as a village nurse was really well described. A character who has great responsibility and also common sense. Very attentive to all patients and their environment.
While readers will surely be curious as to what the character of Tristan Griffin is. If I can be honest, actually he is not a character that I like. He is very selfish, controls all the stories and stories behind the mystery and hmmm, … “he is the evil one”
Behind all these stories I would like to express my appreciation for RK Salters. I am really happy with characters who have the same roles and interests in this story. Behind the story of disappearing from the social environment there must be some beauty. All the grooves, characters and beauty in this story are like erasing the impression of mystery.
Dramatic, Tense and Perfect.
I say “Thank you” for the copy of this story to Troubador Publishing Limited, Matador, RK Salters and NetGalley.