Title: "Sundown, Yellow Moon"

Author: Larry Watson

Publisher: Random House

Pages: 309

Price: $25.95

In a Nutshell: Larry Watson, a novelist whose doctorate in creative writing is from the University of Utah, writes an expansive, addictive novel about the impact of tragedy on the rural environment of Bismarck, N.D. Raymond Stoddard walks into the state capitol and shoots to death a charismatic state senator, then hangs himself in his own garage. No one knows why. Forty years later, a young man who was a teenager at the time, now a writer, tries to understand. There are some sexually suggestive scenes, but they are not gratuitous.