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Flat Crazy: Blanco County Mysteries Paperback – November 17, 2011
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-- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Far fetched but entertaining nonetheless. Good storytelling and fun to read.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever plots, great style, and good characters make this hard to put down. Can't wait to start his fourth one!Published 7 days ago by Ted V
I am enjoying reading this series in order- and will continue. Rehder knows the Texas Hill Country, rednecks, law enforcement with integrity and he has a great since of humour and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mary Beth Palm
"Crazy" is right ... Filled with nutty characters and improbable situations but sometimes gives a good chuckle... But enough ridiculousness for me ... On to some other series .. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bj
I have read two of Mr Renders books and have enjoyed both of them. I picked the author because his books were set in the Texas hill country. I could not have made a better choice. Read morePublished 28 days ago by mrs. post!
The books by this author are humorously sick. I get lots of chuckles out of Red and Billy Don. This is why I continue to read each sequel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaunchy
A wild and zany cast of characters in this tale of crime in small town Texas.Published 1 month ago by S-T
Overall this was a pretty good read but I enjoyed the first two more. I will get the next one for further comparison. This still has the mystery and the humor that I really like.Published 1 month ago by BonusMom
Easily-followed story line and good editing made a good read. I didn't like the language used by some of the characters, but I tried to overlook it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emma
Ben Rehder's books just get better and better. Cozy mysteries from a masculine point of view - very refreshing.Published 2 months ago by Karen K