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Long Fall from Heaven [Kindle Edition]

George Wier , Milton T. Burton
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"With an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the historic underbelly of Galveston and a ringing feel for dialogue, Long Fall From Heaven carries us along on a sordid yet seamless narrative of murderous mayhem." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries


Cueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb—both ex-cops with troubled pasts—stumble into the path of a serial killer. The murderer leads them into the dark history of Galveston when the city was Texas’ Sin City. The killer has roots sunk deep into that history, but the FBI and the old Galveston families don’t want Cueball and Micah to solve the crimes. Listen closely. There’s an echo of another serial killer who stalked the city back during World War II.

George Wier writes like he talks: Texan. In the 1990s he befriended the older novelist Milton T. Burton and the two became close friends. In 1998, Burton, worried about his health, told Wier this story and asked him to be his collaborator and principal writer. The two friends talked back and forth, and Wier wrote the novel. Meanwhile, impatient with the publishing industry, George Wier has very successfully e-published his Bill Travis Mystery Series. He plays classical violin and country fiddle, dabbles in art and photography, and is a born promoter of all that he does. This is his first trade-published novel. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Sallie.

Milton T. Burton (1947-2011) authored four crime novels published by Minotaur/Thomas Dunne. Like Wier, Burton was a lifelong Texan who breathed the Texas lingo. Burton had been variously a cattleman, a political consultant, and a college history teacher. A cantankerous but generous man, he liked writing and he liked talking to his friends, especially George Wier. He died in December 2011.



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"With an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the historic underbelly of Galveston and a ringing feel for dialogue, Long Fall From Heaven carries us along on a sordid yet seamless narrative of murderous mayhem." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries

"Pleasingly moody noir…Readers should welcome future outings for the appealingly world-weary Boland and Lanscomb."—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

George Wier (a lifelong Texan) is a very successful self-publisher of ebooks with his Bill Travis Mysteries on amazon.com. He plays classical violin and a mean country fiddle. He and wife Sallie are eager to promote Long Fall from Heaven, his first trade-published novel.

Milton T. Burton(1947-2011) authored four crime novels that were published by Minotaur / Thomas Dunne. As a lifelong Texan, Burton has been variously a cattleman, a political consultant, and a college history teacher. A cantankerous but generous man, he liked writing and he liked talking to his friends.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1502 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (June 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DY9J6S6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Read in "Long Fall From Heaven" September 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Cueball Boland, owner of NiteWise Security Company as well as a couple of other things in Galveston, Texas has a very unpleasant task when he knocks on Micah Lanscomb's trailer. Cueball needs Micah's help because a fellow guard, Jack Pense, is dead. Jack was on the job in the Demour warehouse when somebody hit him on the head, tied him up, and then beat him to death. Cueball wants Micah to go have a look at the crime scene before they have to call the cops.

Jack Pense died in a warehouse owned by the legendary Demour family. They are old island money with plenty of power and connections and a desire to keep things quiet. Having a night watchman killed in their warehouse is not going to sit well with them or those that do their bidding. It also doesn't sit well with either Micah or Cueball, both of whom have extensive law enforcement backgrounds and distaste for local law enforcement.

That means they intend to make it their case and will work it as they see fit. Wrongs have to be set right, as best as they can, in a case that will has links to crimes decades old that still reverberate with modern consequences. The truth may not set them free, but there can still be justice, not just for Jack Pense, all these many years later.

Featuring twin Texas story lines with one set in the late 1980's and the other in the mid to late war years of World War II, Long Fall from Heaven is a powerful novel co-written by George Wier and the late Milton T. Burton. Rich in Texas history and details, the book is a complex multilayered read that is not easily summed up in any review without revealing a vast number of spoiler details. Suffice it to say that Long Fall from Heaven is incredibly good and very highly recommended.

Review copy was provided by George Wier for my use in an objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read December 30, 2013
Format:Paperback
A friend purchased this book from Amazon and had it mailed to me for Christmas. What a gift it turned out to be. I loved the writing style as well as the story. This is one of the best mysteries I've read in a long, long time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!! August 19, 2014
By Deborah
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If you're familiar with George Wier's writing you might be surprised at this book. He describes it as a little dark but the story line really requires it.
I enjoyed the jump between present day and the past. The characters were believable and the villains might be someone you pass on the street.
I was not familiar with Milton's work but both of them together wrote a great book. The unfortunate passing of Milton means we won't see any more collaborations between these wonderful authors but this book is worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Crafted April 4, 2014
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As fine an example of storytelling as I have read in a while. Not a "happily ever after" book for sure but satisfying in a way that is complete and well crafted. I remember seeing a desk once that was built by hand. Each joint hand cut and fitted. The inlay and carvings delicate and detailed. The desk itself gave off a sense of warmth that only the best woods can give. This book reminds me of that desk.
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