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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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I don't know if the story is good or not because I got disgusted with the foul language and stopped reading after only a few pages!!Published 1 month ago by Tammy Nelson
Fun and furious! The author weaves together the morons and heros into a tale that will keep you wanting to turn the page!Published 1 month ago by DaveReadsALot
Great Texas hill country murder mystery. Just finished a trip there and could picture it happening! Hope author continues this series.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wow, he's done it again. Great book, makes you laugh at the characters. Accurately sets the scene of the Texas hill country. The ranches, the hunting and the hunters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sam Carpenter
I have become a real fan of ben rehder . he has a nice sense of humor as far as murder mysteries go. I have ordered more books by him and have liked them all. read him and enjoy.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ben Rehder does it again. Texas Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with fake trophy deer mounts, ever present rednecks, and the spotting of a chupacabra. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D.L.Williams