On the run from an unplanned murder of a law enforcement officer at his camp outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, Nat Cinder blazes to Phoenix on his Triumph Rocket. Soon he stumbles onto a packet of photos showing Governor Virginia Rentier lustily paired with three high-ranking women in state government.
Though Cinder and the Governor clashed sixteen years before when his wife died in a car accident, Cinder prefers to keep his dislike of Rentier focused on her politics. He’s too busy blaming himself for his wife’s death, fighting his way back into his son’s life, and leading a crew of lazy secessionist misfits to become involved in an intrigue about the Governor’s sex partners.
But when the bullets fly, Nat asks questions, and learns that his sudden war with the Governor traces back sixteen years. And that the photos were put in his path by a provocateur who knows Nat Cinder’s a rough-hewn rebel with enough weaponry cached across Arizona to start a revolution, and that the secret at the bottom of his wife’s death will turn him into a powder keg.
TREAD is what fans of Clayton Lindemuth’s “thrilling, visceral, and unsparing” prose (Publishers Weekly) have been waiting for: a novel that pairs his lean noir voice with the explosive tempo of the modern political thriller.