“Evil Chasing Way” takes you on a wild and non-stop journey through the plains and mesas of the Southwest, to places you may never have been: a dance at an ancient pueblo on the Rio Grande; deep within the Navajo reservation; to White Sands proving grounds, where a space ship hoovers in the distance. The story introduces you to creatures you may never have seen: oversized white coyotes with glowing eyes; shape-shifting owls and skin-walkers. Mad scientists. UFOs. All in search of an answer to how and why horses and cattle were being ritualistically killed and mutilated throughout the Southwest. Your guide is Jack Andrews, an earnest, curious, myth-loving news reporter who is on his own fear-fraught Hero’s Journey. Underlying the adventure story is a lovely, gentle love story, one that contrasts with the horror of the mutilations and gives comfort and balance to both Jack and the reader.
Hausman is a gifted writer, a poet and a storyteller who has immersed himself in mythology, especially that of the Navajo and Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. He weaves that knowledge and love of the people into this book. “Evil Chasing Way” is the first in the Star Song Series, I was glad to know that more adventures with Jack await us in “The Hand Trembler.”