People's personal problems tend to be microcosms of problems in the world at large. If a person is tyrannical or procrastinates, society can oppress and dither with equal ease; and it's a trope of post-apocalyptic literature (and media in general) that when society ends, the sins of the person remain.
Idaho author Brian Hart, who will be in Boise for an author appearance at Rediscovered Books on Thursday, Feb. 7, gives the characters in his new novel, Trouble No Man (Harper Perennial, 2019), a heavy taste of that motif. The book is split between a rebellious skater boy who struggles to settle down, and a grim future where a grown man collects the remains of his dead wife in California and bikes across an end-of-the-world West to return to his children.
The book draws vivid characters and drops them into compelling landscapes, inspired by the author's travels and the 2014 Bundy standoff. The novel, released this year, has already garnered a starred review on Booklist, and Hart's previous novels—The Bully of Order (HarperCollins, 2014) and Then Came the Evening (Bloomsbury, 2011)—have gotten rave notices from the likes of Kirkus Reviews and The New York Times Book Review. Grab a copy of Trouble No Man at Rediscovered Books on Feb. 7 and Hart might sign it for you.