It's a cold, cold winter in North Dakota when the
Rough Riders come to roost...
Washington Stewart used to be James Singleton, a
drug dealing murderer now in the witness
protection program. As Singleton he was shot in
the face by a mobster (Eddie's World, 2001) and
now is playing ball with the FBI as Stewart.
Instead of a life sentence, he's given a new
identity and another chance. If he helps the Feds
sting a Las Vegas heroin connection running
through Missouri and North Dakota, he'll keep his
new life, courtesy of Uncle Sam.
But Stewart has his own plans, made with an air
force colonel looking to get rid of his wandering
wife. The colonel stumbled upon bundles of
smuggled Afghani heroin and he sets up a scheme
of his own to cash in. But he needs Stewart's help
to do it, who still has a score to settle with the
man who disfigured him for life. No problem,
Stewart thinks, but before he can dodge the FBI,
he has to deal with one of the NYPD detectives who came after him when he was
There's too much money, too much crime, and too much murder for anything to work
out quite like anyone thinks it will.
Stella’s capers are populated with criminals who are more clever than smart and lawmen who get stymied by clever but eventually prevail with smarts. A delight. — Booklist (Wes Lukowsky)
Along the way the reader is treated to some of the finest characterization it’s humanly possible to capture on paper… Stella’s always dark, often violent, occasionally humorous Rough Riders more than stands on its own, and is more than worth your time. — Book Reviews By Elizabeth A. White
Sort of like Goodfellas meets Fargo. Check out Eddie’s World and start right in on Rough Riders. You’ll love the ride … Then read everything else he’s done. —East Coast Don (Men Reading Books)
Mr Stella makes his story supremely compelling and has certainly made me a believer. I very much look forward to reading his next book – in the meantime, chase this one down, it works like a beaut. —Tipping My Fedora
Let me say right here that I loved this book. Though complex, the plotlines are deftly managed and everything dovetails towards its satisfying conclusion. Stella has a great ear for dialogue, with the New Yorkers clearly speaking a different vernacular to the Dakotans. —Crime Fiction Lover
Stella writes about criminals and cops, killers and cons, as if he knows the territory. This is one of those books that you rip through, eager to see who'll be the last man standing, as you never know who'll get the next bullet. Big, grim, boisterous, funny, and frightening all at once. Check it out. — Bill Crider
Stella’s characters’ voices sound authentic: no macho posturing — just their brutal, hard world. This is one of the leaner crime novels currently out there. For those wanting a serious character piece where the payoffs deliver, reach for ROUGH RIDERS. —Bookgasm, Bruce Grossman
Rough Riders has a plethora of characters, many of whom you won't want to like but just might. What seems like true dialogue spews from mouths, FBI and locals alike. I found it very hard to put this book down, even to eat a meal. Author Charlie Stella has a way with words that makes him a master at his craft. Don't miss this one. — Bookloons Reviews (Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth)
Charlie Stella made his bones writing mob stories. Now he’s the pre-eminent organized crime fiction writer in the country. No one gets inside the heads of low-level hoods better than Stella. —Dana King, (One Bite at a Time)This is a fast and furious thriller that brings back the antagonists in Eddie’s World in a good, the bad and the ugly storyline. Rotating between the northern Great Plains and
the New York area, fans will enjoy this action-packed noir although the Feds are too scandalously uncaring about collateral damage or simply deadly avarice. – Genre Go Round Reviews (Harriett Klausner)