Right before the outbreak of the Gulf War, two eighteen-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas, signed up for the army. But Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. Read more...
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Right before the outbreak of the Gulf War, two eighteen-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas, signed up for the army. But Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. The men haven't spoken since. Just as they are about to reconcile, Jack is brutally murdered. With the chief of police out of commission, it's up to trusted ex-chief Samuel Craddock to investigate. Against the backdrop of small-town loyalties and betrayals, Craddock discovers dark secrets of the past and present to solve the mystery of Jack's death.
- ISBN-13: 9781616148713
- ISBN-10: 1616148713
- Publisher: Seventh Street Books
- Publish Date: January 2014
- Page Count: 255
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds
Series: Samuel Craddock Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-11
- Reviewer: Staff
In Shames’s absorbing second Samuel Craddock mystery (after 2013’s A Killing at Cotton Hill), best friends and high school football stars Woody Patterson and Jack Harbin pledge to go into the Army together. Their plans go terribly awry when Woody is rejected and Jack is forced to face the horrors of combat in the first Gulf War. Fast-forward to present-day Jarrett Creek, Tex., where Jack is a broken, tormented veteran and Woody is happily married with children. The suspicious death of Jack’s father, who is also his caretaker, unleashes a series of events that exposes the seamy side of the quiet football-loving town and its clean-living residents. When a second death—the brutal slaying of Jack—turns Jarrett Creek upside down, former sheriff Craddock investigates. A methodical thinker with his own dark side, Craddock once again wins the reader over en route to a satisfying conclusion. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Jan.)