Shakes Williams drives from Denver to his boyhood home with his dead cat in the backseat because he wants it in the family pet cemetery. When Shakes arrives, he finds his elderly father, Emmett, living in squalor with advanced dementia. A local banker has cheated Emmett out of his farm equipment and Cessna. It’s up to Shakes to take care of his father and make things right…but making things right to Shakes means robbing the bank that cheated his father. East of Denver, by Gregory Hill, is a character-driven story that won Amazon’s 2011 Breakthrough Novel award. It examines the aging and perishing not only of people, but of homesteads and small towns.