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Big Lake [Kindle Edition]

Nick Russell
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Book Description

When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town.

With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation, this first book in the Big Lake series will keep you turning pages to the very end!

One reviewer has referred to the Big Lake mystery series as “Mayberry Meets Twin Peaks." It’s a combination of humor and intrigue that launched author Nick Russell’s first Big Lake book into Amazon’s 100 Top Paid Kindle books for over 78 days!


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About the Author

Before becoming a fulltime RVer, Nick Russell published several daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. He and his wife, Miss Terry, are the publishers of the popular Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper, and Russell presents travel seminars at RV rallies across the country. Nick Russell is the author of Highway History and Back Road Mystery, Meandering Down The Highway - A Year On The Road With Fulltime RVers, Work Your Way Across The USA - You Can Earn A Living And Travel Too!, The Frugal RVer, and the new Big Lake mystery series. You can follow Nick on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor

Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0971249180
  • Publisher: Nick Russell (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00522RM48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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180 of 201 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Big Lake, Kindle edition May 22, 2011
By Dale
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good and easy read. The story was set in Arizona and the location descriptions were easy to imagine. The author did a great job of giving enough, but not too much, info on each character. This prevented me from knowing ahead of time what the probable outcome was going to be; and I must confess, I truly "didn't see it coming." The plots twists were exciting and unexpected and kept me interested all the way through the story. There were no areas where the story seemed to lag.

I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to a sequel.
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting whodoneit! May 24, 2011
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Put aside any scheduled chores and errands you have for the day, because once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down. A talented wordsmith, Nick Russell has created an easily imagined town with believable and endearing characters. The book moves along at a crisp pace and the plot twists and turns keep you engaged. The ending surely came as a great but believable surprise...did not see that coming...very clever.

Sure hope the sequel is in the making as I would like to visit Big Lake again and see how the residents are doing.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great First Novel May 24, 2011
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I guess I should say: Move over Stuart Woods !! Nick Russell does a great job of fleshing out his characters. The occasional bit of humor is pure Nick Russell. And there even a bit of love-making to fill in the relationships. The plot has lots of twists and turns, with a very surprising ending to the whodunit. Congratulations to Nick Russell.. a great first novel and I look forward to many more. Keep em coming, Nick..
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109 of 140 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake, bigger disappointment December 29, 2011
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Big Lake. I have read all of the Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, and Richard Castle books, and was looking for a new author that might write novels of the same caliber. After reading the reviews for Big Lake I was so hopeful that Nick Russell might be my new "must read" author. The book was inexpensive as a kindle edition, and I began reading with great expectations. It turns out that I wasted my $.99, and the several hours it took to read the book.

The writing style was amateurish, the characters were poorly developed, and the plot was thin. I figured out who the killer was in the first few chapters. I was dismayed at what a shallow lead character Jim Weber turned out to be. After reading the entire book I cannot give a full physical description of the man, nor do I know much about him as a man. I'm glad to learn that Big Lake is a fictional town, because there is virtually no reality to the description Russell gives of small town life in Arizona.

There were also numerous glaring editing errors in the book. One chapter had Sheriff Weber and FBI agent Park searching the cabin of murder victim Phil Johnson. Astonishingly the sheriff was doing laundry of his uniforms at this cabin, and the agent commented on a truck the sheriff was restoring in the garage! Then Park noticed that Johnson's vehicle was missing from that same garage! I'm fairly sure that you don't do laundry at a crime scene, nor do you restore trucks in a crime scene garage.

The story took place over just about a week, and the sheriff managed to make love with two different women that he had never bedded before, and he wanted badly to sleep with a third. Only his "virtue" stopped him from sleeping with her.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake is a Big Mistake. Save your 99 cents. February 28, 2012
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As a federal law enforcement officer (female) with 27 years experience, I found the characters in this book to be totally unbelievable, especially the law enforcement officers. In this day and age, an officer would be sued for sexual harassment, in a heartbeat, if he "gave her rump an affectionate pat" as Russell described his main character Sheriff Jim Weber doing to his administrative assistant. Russell also has FBI Agent Larry Parks making suggestive comments to the dispatcher about the size of her chest and talking down to the local townsfolk. Federal Agents are trained, from their first day on the job, that comments like that would get you investigated and fired. This is 2012, not 1960. I felt that Russell never fleshed out the characters in the book, I have no idea what Sheriff Jim Weber looks like, I only know he smokes nasty cigars, yet Russell describes women characters, in detail, from their clothing to their body size. I only finished this book to see if I guessed the killer correctly. (I did.) Russell should make an effort to shadow a real federal agent or local law enforcement officer to get a feel for the true everyday ins and outs of law enforcement. I felt like I was reading an older guy's fantasy, where he is the omnipotent ruler of the kingdom and women are nothing but lust filled crazy bimbos, who alternately cry or want to bed him down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First book of a terrific series July 31, 2014
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Nick Russell is one of my favorite authors. Excellent mystery, written with humor. Love the characters, and the way the story evolves. Read the sequels, too! I can't recommend these books highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake September 11, 2014
By Ernie
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good book. The author did a good job of making the reader choose the perpetrator only to find out it was the wrong one.
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55 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler on a really bad day July 15, 2012
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I will try not to abuse the author int he same manner of the other 1 star reviews. There is a lot left to pounce on.

If you like Clive Cussler -- you may like this book. I don't mean for the oceanic theme -- I mean if you a fan of macho men, who smoke and drink and are men's men. Shallow plots, Inane dialog, misogynistic behavior... The book was written in 2011 -- you'd think some of the police and FBI would pick up a clicker and watch an episode or 2 of CSI.

The book is interesting -- our romeo (the villain who crokes in Chapter 1) is a playboy. He fought in Vietnam (say he was 20 in 1971. So 40 years later he is 61. He manages to seduce every woman in town... The woman at the bakery, the woman at the biker bar, the woman abused by her husband, the hottie married to the rich hunky real estate developer, the wife of the grocer store owner... I'm thinking he is a Jedi with that mind control thing. Roger Sterling of Mad Men?

The book is odd... It features cell phones maybe circa 2004. The attitude towards women is very 1950-1970 sexism (sorry before my time so I am guessing on the years). It was written in 2011 but there was smoking at places of employment and multiple employee vehicles. Arizona went smoke free in 2007 so I have no idea what era this book is supposed to take place in.

My guess -- I think the author wrote this book in 1990. He stuck the hand type manuscript in a box and dug it out 20 years later and typed into a computer. He added cell phones to show he is modern.

I do like the guy who violates a restraining order, hits his wife with a bat, smashes up a grocery story, breaks the ribs of a police officer -- then "He'll get six months but he'll be out on bail before that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
exciting, with many twists, surprise ending
Published 55 minutes ago by julia cornblatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake my kind of town
Learned about this book from the author Nick Russell on Living the RV Dream. So glad I saw the post for his first of the Big Lake series. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Debbie Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast moving, head scratching story
This one will keep you reading as long as you have time. Then you will start all over again. The story line is great, the characters are amazing and the mystery is unbelievable. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Jo Nell Fried
4.0 out of 5 stars A twisted tale
A different and definitely bizarre story that pretty much resembles various news accounts that makes you doubt how much we really know about each other
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5.0 out of 5 stars Double Cross At Big Lake
Nick Russell's book is exciting and keeps the reader wondering what comes next. The characters are interesting and well developed.
Published 13 hours ago by ROLAND H ANDREWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
this book kept you guessing until the end. I would read it again. can't wait to read the next one.
Published 1 day ago by Happy in Maine
5.0 out of 5 stars Cap
This book was exciting suspenseful funny and full of interesting knowledge of the law. But had the FBI looking like dumb bells. Great read
Published 1 day ago by cap
5.0 out of 5 stars You get involved with the characters as if they are real!
You get to know the characters as friends and find yourself rooting for them. The tensions between the main character and the mayor is tangible and you feel your irritation as if... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Peggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good red. Never saw the ending coming.
Published 2 days ago by SHARON FISHER
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More About the Author

Before becoming a fulltime RVer, New York Times Kindle bestselling author Nick Russell published daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

He and his wife Terry, are the publishers of the popular Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper, and Russell presents travel seminars at RV rallies across the country.

Nick Russell is the author of Highway History and Back Road Mystery, Meandering Down The Highway - A Year On The Road With Fulltime RVers, Work Your Way Across The USA - You Can Earn A Living And Travel Too!, The Frugal RVer, Overlooked Florida, Overlooked Arizona, Dog's Run, and the bestselling Big Lake mystery series.

You can follow Nick on his Facebook Author's Page, Nick Russell's Writing Life or at www.nickrussellbooks.com.

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