If you are looking for bbq gifts for hard to buy for friends and relatives you can't go wrong with the paperback edition of Thin Blue Smoke. I read the hard back version cover to cover when it first became available on Amazon.com. But, don't take my word for it - there are currently 38 positive reviews from readers on Amazon.
It sounds like a bbq book and certainly talks alot about Kansas City BBQ, but it offers so much more than that. It's a book about life, about Kansas City, and about forgiveness. I think the chapters that focus on the character Ferguson Glenn could be spun off into a stand alone novel. If a movie were made based on this fictional Episcopal clergyman, I'd be the first in line to purchase a ticket and some popcorn.
Congratulations (again) to Doug Worgul for a fine work. I can't wait for his next novel.