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Unraveled
by Reavis Z. Wortham


Overview - The small, rural Northeast Texas community of Center Springs has seen its share of troubles during the 1960s, everything from kidnapping, murder, and bank robbery. By 1968, the residents think life has finally quieted down, but they find their peaceful way of life is quickly spinning out of control as a decades-long family feud between the Clays and Mayfields once again flares to life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The small, rural Northeast Texas community of Center Springs has seen its share of troubles during the 1960s, everything from kidnapping, murder, and bank robbery. By 1968, the residents think life has finally quieted down, but they find their peaceful way of life is quickly spinning out of control as a decades-long family feud between the Clays and Mayfields once again flares to life. Fourteen-year-old Top Parker who lives with his grandparents Constable Ned Parker and Miss Becky in a little farmhouse near the Red River finds himself caught up in another adult situation sparked by a mysterious fatal single car accident involving the white mayor of Chisum and his black female assistant. Questions and accusations arise about their relationship as the families wreak vengeance on each other. But what is the significance of a man calling himself the Wraith, who moves through the region at will, invading homes and watching the Parkers? What is Maggie Clay's secret? That she's half white and married to a black man with a long criminal past? And was Mayor Frank Clay, the only bright spot in a dark and cruel family, really what everyone thinks he is? It's a busy time for Sheriff Cody Parker, who finds himself a possible suspect in the murder of several residents. He takes the advice from his Deputy John Washington and removes himself from the investigation, giving free reign to both John and Deputy Anna Sloan as they try and unravel the answers by following different paths. The ending will leave you staggering as the families clash on a small battlefield and the killer is finally revealed in a most unexpected way. These aren't the 1960s that most Baby Boomers remember.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464207112
  • ISBN-10: 1464207119
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.76 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds

Series: Red River Mysteries (Paperback) #1

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Wortham’s well-paced sixth Red River mystery (after 2015’s Dark Places), set in 1968, Constable Ned Parker has his hands full, between raising his grandchildren, Pepper and Top, and trying to keep the peace in the rural community of Center Springs, Tex. When a car runs off the bridge over Lake Lamar Dam killing Frank Clay, the white mayor, and his black secretary, Maggie Mayfield, local speculation runs rampant. Were they having an affair? Could it have been foul play? If so, who was the target: Frank or Maggie? The incident rekindles an ancient feud between the Clays and the Mayfields, and the body count rises. Some of the chapters are narrated by 15-year-old Top, who knows or is related to “most everyone” in these parts, and occasional introductory paragraphs give us insights into the killer’s mind. The book’s strength lies in Wortham’s ability to construct a world; it doesn’t take long for readers to feel like kinfolk. Agent: Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates. (Oct.)

 
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