Reavis Z. Wortham
Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
, author Reavis Z. Wortham takes his readers back in time to Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, Beatlemania and gasoline at 30 cents a gallon.
onstable Ned Parker of Center Springs, Texas, retires. But he is called back to duty when a killer emerges in the territory, murdering seemingly at random. He has already created carnage in three other states.
here is a large, seemingly empty building in the nearby town of Chisum. However, the building has been used as a trash dump and is stuffed with the detritus of years of castoffs. The killer is holed up in this catacomb of tunnels that have been booby trapped.
ody Parker, a new deputy who has crawled through tunnels dug by the North Vietnamese and vowed never to go underground again, volunteers to do just that. However, he's not crawling through dirt but tons and tons of precariously piled trash.
ow is the time to make sure you have plenty of light and the fortitude to crawl through this deathtrap with Cody and John Williams, another deputy. Remember to breathe. Keep calm, if you can, as you read of their trip through hell.
xciting and suspenseful,
is well worth a read. There is also a lesson in this book about bullying. We should all take it to heart. And, Reavis, is this a pen name?
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