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Edgar-finalist Rehder's improbable and outlandish third mystery to feature game warden John Marlin (after Buck Fever and Bone Dry) finds the Blanco County, Tex., area in a sweat over presumed sightings of a mysterious wild animal called a chupacabra. No one knows what one looks like, but various lurid descriptions have stirred up local interest as well as attracted some unwelcome outside media attention. A corpse with a neck wound that looks like the work of fangs helps fuel the frenzy. Meanwhile, bumbling bubbas Billy Don Craddock and Red O'Brien come up with a superbly grandiose plan that entails capturing the mythical beast. Ex-con Duke Waldrip hasn't exactly reformed; he has a nice scam going involving phony trophy heads and exotic (and illegal) animals for staged hunts. But Duke's day starts badly when he's confronted by a wised-up hunter and it gets progressively worse as he tries to cover his tracks. Throw in an opportunistic car thief, a young boy with a taste for adventure, a few escaped exotics and a wealthy wastrel with a rebuilt trophy wife, and Rehder has a stable of characters and critters guaranteed to create havoc. Marlin's quiet competency adds to the enjoyment, as he puzzles out this confounding mystery only to have to rely on assistance from a most unlikely source.
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"One of the genre's rising talents."
-- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Outrageous fun."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Flat Crazy

"Intriguing and entertaining. Rehder's characters may be outrageous, but they are never boring."
-- Dallas Morning News on Flat Crazy
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Product Details

  • Series: Blanco County Mysteries
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467932493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467932493
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ben Rehder is an Edgar, Shamus, and Barry Award finalist. His Blanco County comic mysteries have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream.

To receive an alert when the next Ben Rehder novel is released, sign up for Ben's occasional newsletter at www.benrehder.com.

The complete Ben Rehder bibliography includes:

Buck Fever
Bone Dry
Flat Crazy
Guilt Trip
Gun Shy
Holy Moly
The Chicken Hanger
The Driving Lesson
Gone The Next
Hog Heaven
Get Busy Dying
Stag Party
Bum Steer
If I Had A Nickel

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ben Rehder brings us back to Blanco County, Texas in this third book featuring Texas F&W Game Warden John Marlin in a fun and fast paced romp through deer country. This time we run afoul of fake trophy deer mounts, exotic animal hunting, the chupacabra, tabloid tv reporters, deaths by screwdrivers & toasters, Chinese midget porn, and our favorite redneck poachers-come-heroes Red Obrien and Billy Don Craddock.

Rehder continues to put forth enjoyable comic mysteries based in his fictional Blanco County. His witty writing and quick pace takes the readers through a speedy jaunt in the back country via a variety of interesting characters. Just when you begin to wonder why one of the side stories is even in the book, it all falls into place and ties it all together. Always a pleasure to read Rehder's books and hopefully we've still got an abundance yet to come.
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Comic crime novels are one of my delights. I look forward the latest goofiness from Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen with great excitement. You can imagine my joy when I found that I could add Ben Rehder ad his Blanco County mysteries to my must-read list for guffaws and laugh-until-I-cry amusement.

Flat Crazy combines an authentic Texas country voice with great satires of the local doings. Mr. Rehder has a powerful and original imagination for characters and plots that employs an intense wackiness that is just irresistible.

Some of the many satirical targets in this book include the superstitious, exotic game trophy hunters, hunting guides, pornographic entrepreneurs and actors, television news producers, and the idle rich. When one of these targets isn't cracking you up, another one is.

The plot is also quite delightful. It's not easy tying all of those elements together into something resembling a crime and detection story.

The story begins simply enough. A day-laborer needs to find a bush quickly in order to relieve himself. What he finds there launches a county-wide search for a mythical beast. Everyone has an angle, each one crazier than the next.

Elsewhere, a scamming hunting guide gets caught by his customer . . . and finds himself facing the wrong end of a revolver. A little accident makes matters worse. And so the fun begins!
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And I mean that in a good way. Spent most of the day yesterday turning pages, smiling, grinning and occasionally laughing out loud. Thanks to another funny Ben Rehder novel, I avoided a whole day's worth of chores. Thanks, Ben.
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I love Ben Rehder's Blanco County Mysteries. I can count on chuckling all through these fun mystery books. He portrays Central Texas to a T.
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As a real life game warden, some of the facts of this story are bit far fetched; but they probably do things differently in Texas.
Far fetched but entertaining nonetheless. Good storytelling and fun to read.
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Put together a mythical beast hunt, an out of control hunt guide, a playboy millionaire, a Chinese dwarf porn star and a sexy out-of-town news reporter and you've got the making of a dangerous end to the hunting season. Life in Blanco County, Texas should be quiet, but for the 3rd book in succession proves that this is not so. Flat Crazy is a mixture of good humour and heart-stopping danger told at a cracking pace.

When a Mexican labourer witnesses a strange-looking animal devouring a goat in the woods his terrified conclusion is that he had just seen the dreaded chupacabra. The chupacabra is supposedly a mythical beast that wanders around feasting on the blood of its victims. The news sends something of a shiver through the citizens of Blanco County, to think that this ungodly creature should be roaming around out there.

Meanwhile, Duke Waldrip is having a few more pressing problems. Duke is a hunting guide who caters to the sorts of clients who are after the more extreme and less legal kind of game. If you're after a rare, high-scoring buck with a magnificent buck or if you want to hunt more exotic game imported from another continent, Duke's your man. The problem that has captured Duke's attention is that the latest exotic creatures have managed to escape and are roaming free in the countryside. If any of these animals are spotted he will surely find himself heading back to prison.

John Marlin is the game warden for Blanco County and the protagonist of the series, an all around nice guy who works closely with the sheriff's department, so he's drawn into some pretty interesting investigations. As Flat Crazy opens he is run off his feet with the end of hunting season nearing and the hunters doing a mad scramble to make the most of the last few days.
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This isn't the usual type of mystery I'd read; I prefer those mysteries where I can come to discovery about the killer along with the authorities. Nevertheless, this is a well written story that will keep you entertained from start to finish.

We learn early on the identity of the killer. The remainder of the novel is filled with a series of contrivances, coincidences, and down-right silliness (think dwarf porn stars) as the game warden attempts to discover who killed Mr. Searcy.

I recommend this book if you want a light, fun read. But do bring a pencil and paper with you when you begin reading. There are A LOT of characters in this, and it was hard at first to keep track of who was who.
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