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Big Lake [Kindle Edition]

Nick Russell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 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: #41,185 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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61 of 81 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it so much I went ahead and bought three ... August 22, 2014
By Bev
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a new author for me. I liked it so much I went ahead and bought three more of the series based on the Big Lake Az and featuring Sheriff Jim Weber.
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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a very good book, as was most of the rest in ... September 8, 2014
By shigui
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this as a 9 pack of books for .99 and wow was I completely surprised. It was a very good book, as was most of the rest in the pack. I will get the rest of his Big Lake books.
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5 of 5 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Implausible
Starts out good, great action as the story develops, interesting characters, but strikes out with a contrived, implausible solution as to whodunit.
Published 5 days ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, well written
Have read all of Nicks novels. Great story, well written.
Published 12 days ago by Robert P.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
I enjoyed the book, read it on the way to and from work and before I go to bed. The characters were strong, the story line interesting, almost at the end, I figured out the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by LESALIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake
Loved it. Enjoy all characters and a page turner for me.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very well written mystery ... surprise ending. could have read on and on.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, a very talented Author
Published 2 months ago by Bess Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice read
Published 2 months ago by W
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Mediorcre writing.
The mystery aspect of the book was great. It kept our attention and lots of twists and turns. The writing was a bit juvenile, but we did like the book.
Published 3 months ago by Robert W. Gunn, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Lake
I enjoyed Nick Russells writing style very much, not to wordy, just the rite amount of plot complexity and story line carature development etc.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Blaine Ehrman
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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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