In small-town Montana in 1963, Bill Sidey had been abandoned by his dad Calvin decades ago, following the death of Bill's mother. The two have remained estranged, but now Bill needs his dad to come to help care for his two kids, while Bill must take his wife to the city hospital for an operation.
Calvin is a crusty, independent old cowboy (think Clint Eastwood of 20 years ago) and has a reputation for violence. Bill's daughter Ann 17 is being stalked by an ex-boyfriend, and her brother Will 11 is being bullied by his friends to do things he doesn't want. Their granddad does show up, and problems get solved, although not exactly in the way Bill may have chosen.
As Good as Gone is a relatively short read, with an uncommon setting, well-developed characters, a plot with suspense, and even some "senior sex" to round things out. I thought it was very good, and felt like watching a movie. Thanks very much for the recommendation, Dorla!