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Unraveled: A Red River Mystery    by Reavis Z. Wortham order for
by Reavis Z. Wortham
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Reavis Z. Wortham's Unraveled is the kind of book you simply can't put down once you have read the first page. Give it a try. You'll agree with me. And with Jeffery Deaver who says of this novel, 'Think Elmore Leonard meets James Lee Burke.'

This sixth of the Red River series begins running and doesn't quit. A horrific accident involving the white mayor and a beautiful black girl occurs at the newly built dam. As if the tragic accident weren't bad enough, it stirs up what was thought to be a long-dead vicious feud.

The story takes place in the 1960s in Center Springs, a small Texas town near the Oklahoma border. My favorite characters are teens Pepper and Top. Top is the narrator of the series and he does a fine job (the two friends always seem to wander into danger but fortunately survive to show up in the next of the series). The conflicts brought about by the accident have the local police working overtime.

The characters of this well-written novel know the value of humor. It is hard to keep up with the teenagers. Top's nose is out of joint by the addition of another male teenager. The author handles the mix of the younger generation and adults the way a mix of this sort should be treated but seldom is.

The feud provides lots of dead bodies, each side sure the other side started the whole thing many years ago. When it begins to look as though there will never be peace again in this small part of the world, the Sheriff puts his mind to who is responsible for the bodies littering the streets.

Don't miss this one. Or you'll answer to me.

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