Litchfield reviews ‘A Forgotten Evil’ for the Colorado Review

A Forgotten Evil by Sheldon Russell

“Rich in detail and exquisite prose, and with an unpredictable, weaving narrative, A Forgotten Evil is an ambitious, impressively told tale full of vivid landscapes and unique characters with an authentic voice and a distinctive presence. Russell convincingly conveys the gory conflicts, the injustice felt by Native Americans and their acts of retaliation, and the assault on Washita River, one of the bloodiest in frontier history, making A Forgotten Evil a compelling, moving story that will linger in the memory.”

I’m very familiar with the works of Sheldon Russell, having read all ten of his books, from his American frontier novels and tales of the Oklahoma Land Rush, to his postwar mysteries and his fictional account of Francisco Vázquez Coronado’s 1540s North American expedition. This, his latest, is a deeply moving tale set in the post-Civil War period where bloody skirmishes rage between the U.S. Army and Native American peoples. I’d argue that it is his best book to date, and so I’m very pleased to have been able to write an in-depth review of it, published today in the Colorado Review.

You can read the full review here: https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/reviews/a-forgotten-evil/