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Big Lake [Kindle Edition]

Nick Russell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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154 of 174 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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62 of 70 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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51 of 58 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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59 of 77 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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Figured out the ending at about 50+% December 11, 2011
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Unlike other readers, I figured out the ending about halfway through the book. The giveaway is in the beginning, with the person who wants to stop! The author could have used a better editor as well, as the writing was somewhat amateur. Otherwise, a good story with good character development.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 99 cents you will spend. May 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are a mystery fan and like a book that keeps you guessing until the very end, this is the book for you. Nick Russel has written an easy reading, hard to put down whodoneit. I am looking forward for his next book to be released. Purchase, read and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake Review May 18, 2012
By Roland
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Very well written mystery/murder novel. Enjoyed the characters and the plot, although I had figured out who had done the killing before the end. Nicely written and well told story line, with some history of the scene and area.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It is one thing for a writer to conjure up how it is in a small town and quite another for the real story to be told. Big Lake author Nick Russell gets inside the story of a double murder with the ability of a man who has been in a small town and doesn't need to invent life in the countryside. He knows it and you will too as you follow the hero Sheriff in the story who attempts to pin down the facts as this story slides all around the lives and back roads of an Arizona town. Like pompous politicians who manuever public money so their kid can get hired as a deputy? This book has it! How about nut-case militia types? Got 'em. Sexy damsels in distress who want to bed the Sheriff? Got her too. This book brings to life every one except those who have been killed off as the body count builds. A surprise tests the honesty of the Sheriff, just get busy reading this really terrific mystery. One of the best books I have read in a long time with a field crowded with talented authors, this one is top notch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Enjoyed this book. Being familiar with the area made it a little more interesting, but the whole story was good. Read more
Published 5 days ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK!
loved it! funny, with a mystery. so happy I bought 3 more of his books. Have only read 1 more, but am looking forward to the others
Published 8 days ago by Linda Bichsel
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake
Another Nick Russell and I enjoyed it. I think he has a style that just catches the reader-at least it did this reader!
Published 16 days ago by MKY
3.0 out of 5 stars Obvious,but entertaining bubble gum
I read the reviews and was expecting more. The killer was immediately obvious, the character development was poor and much of the book was either steeped in cliche or was... Read more
Published 16 days ago by dasman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Enjoyed reading the book, hard to put down at times. Anyone who likes a mystery, drama would like this book.
Published 16 days ago by Arlene Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly masterful. One of the best I've read in the past year.
Nick Russell has a style of writing that is not only believable, it's fun to keep guessing about what will happen next. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Gary Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
It was very suspenseful and you were surprised towards the end of who did it and also disappointed in the result.
Published 26 days ago by Linda M. Finland
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Not a bad read. He kept me guessing until the end. The ending was a bit abrupt though. I also thought he did a good job developing characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carmen T. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
This is a very good crime mystery novel. The who dun it .... Well, you'll have to read the book.
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your hats and get ready for a ride*****
This is a twists and turns thriller which I found it to be a page turner! I could not guess the ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by marilyn sullivan
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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, and the bestselling Big Lake mystery series.

You can follow Nick on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor

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