Date Published: 8/6/12
Publisher: Champagne Books
After a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in
Houston, Nick Sibelius sets up a private investigation business in a small town hoping to find some peace and maybe, himself. When a couple disappears and a bass fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of toxic relationships: MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past; Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body; Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with visions of grandeur. When the felon who killed his partner in Texas joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either save him or kill him -- whichever comes first. Houston
“Tight suspense with wonderful laugh out loud moments. Richard Hacker is a master storyteller."
Pam Binder, Pacific Northwest Writers Association President and author of the NY Times Best Selling anthology, A Season in the Highlands
"Many times I found myself getting strange looks because I was laughing out loud...Highly entertaining and sure to be enjoyed by fans of mysteries with humor. I highly recommend it and hope that there will be more stories to follow."
One of the most enjoyable books I have read in quite a while, this book was remarkably easy for me to get into. I loved the characters, in particular, the bad guy characters! I often laughed out loud at the imbecilic stunts and conversations. There would be all these grand plans that would never work out quite as expected. Just too funny! But, the reason it resonated so well with me is because I have known people with similar traits, attitudes, and quirks that could be substituted in a few of the roles with little difficulty – and that is just so sad, really! Sad, but positively hilarious, too.
The story also has outstanding structure, the pacing fits the voice of the tale, and overall tone of the narrative is country-friendly and laid-back, but the author still manages to maintain the suspense throughout. The mystery is complex enough for me that I was kept fully engaged but not so convoluted that I ever had trouble keeping track of the various characters. If you are looking for something just a bit different, something that will seduce you into forgetting about your undone chores, then this book is for you, too.
This book was provided free to me by the author and Reading Addiction Book Tours in return for my honest review. I have not received any other compensation, and the opinions stated are solely my own.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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