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Poison Town: A Novel (The Crittendon Files Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Creston Mapes
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Book Description

Creston Mapes is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling Christian fiction mystery, Nobody, along with the bestselling Christian fiction thrillers Fear Has a Name, Dark Star and Full Tilt.
Ideal for fans of Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, Jerry Jenkins and Joel Rosenberg.
There's More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town
People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable--he knows too much.

Editorial Reviews


"Creston explores the evils of corporate greed and exposes an even more menacing enemy lurking inside all of us. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down." Mark Lee, Third Day
"A wild roller coaster ride! I thoroughly enjoyed Poison Town.Francine Rivers, best-selling author
"Every time you think the tension can't be more intense, Creston Mapes ramps it up a notch. Be prepared to stay up late (and make sure the doors are locked)." Robert Whitlow, best-selling author 
"...Reaches towards Grisham-greatness.Harry Kraus, best-selling author 
"I was on the edge of my seat and read it in one gulp. Highly recommended!" Colleen Coble, best-selling author 
"Grab an oxygen tank--you're going to need it! Ronie Kendig, best-selling author 
"Erin Brockovich on steroids!" Elizabeth Musser, best-selling author
"Put this on your Book Club reading list!" Nora St. Laurent, The Book Club Network

 "Another 5 of 5 stars for Creston Mapes! This roller coaster ride is a must read. Mapes has perfected the head-jumping to a finely tuned craft. Sheer genius. In this book, he's perfected the way the story lines are interwoven and how they come together. Be prepared to read far into the night. Be prepared to consume this book like a tall glass of chocolate milk: You just can't drink it slowly. I promise you will not be disappointed." UPON REFLECTION book review by Gina Burgess

From the Author

I used to work as a reporter in an Ohio city very similar to Trenton City, Ohio--the setting for Poison Town. This has been one of my favorite books to write, because it's got some humor in it, especially as it relates to Jack's mechanic friends, Galen, Travis and LJ.
I love the cover and title of the book. It's the type of novel I would pick up. If you haven't read any of my novels before, Poison Town would be a great place to start.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2823 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (February 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! February 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Poison Town is the second book in the Crittendon Files series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel. Jack Crittendon is the main character. He is a journalist with the daily paper in Trenton City. A friend of his falls ill and rumors abound that the cause of the illness and the illness of many on that side of town is from the chemical emissions from the fiberglass plant on that side of town. Jack wants to do an investigative piece for the paper, but his editor is resistant. But Jack is like a dog with a bone and won’t let it go, and begins investigating one his own.

This was a very good book from the start. It is current in its theme and relevant to society today. Creston Mapes has a beautiful way of intertwining two stories together to develop his characters and help us understand and empathize with them. In this book, Granger Meade returns to town after being released from prison for kidnapping Pam, Jack’s wife. Jack is angry, fearful and wants revenge. Pam has come to terms with what has happened. The interpersonal relationship between Jack and his wife is realistic and adds to the stress of the situation of the main story.

I really enjoyed the plot of this novel. There were characters who were involved in things that were totally unexpected, yet not totally out of character. I really enjoyed that Mr. Mapes wrote his book in such a way that I could totally agree with Jack that something fishy was going on and when Jack was trying to convince someone else who wouldn’t believe him, I would get frustrated with that character just as Jack did.

Jack’s character was believable. Most Christians go through periods of doubt, or backsliding or times when they are just far away from God. The same is true of Jack Crittendon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Thriller January 29, 2014
I’m thankful for the review copy that allowed me to read the sequel to Fear Has a Name. I was quickly pulled into this story through the believable, quirky and endearing cast of characters and their deadly situation!

One of my favorite characters is Travis Randall, he works at his family owned and operated garage. Jack, Crittendon investigative reporter for the Trenton city Dispatch drops his car off at Travis’ shop for repairs.

Jack asks him about Demler-Vargus Corporation, the company his mom and dad used to work for. Travis tells Jack his dad has documentation that shows everyone that has gotten sick at the plant. The company makes one product by day and another at night. Something deadly is spewing out into the air and hurting people.

Travis Randall reminds me of the tow truck character named Mator in the Disney cartoon Cars. (Yes, I’m watching too many cartoons with my grandson. But hear me out!) I imagine Travis to have the accent and mannerisms of this Mator character. Both of them work in a garage. They are kind hearted, simple men that every now and then get a flicker of wisdom and most definitely pull at your heart strings.

Crazy things happen as Travis’s Dad tries to prove Demler-Vargus is responsible for getting the town sick.

Travis catches up with an old friend that is at a funeral in town. This is what he thinks about meeting a gal he knew in high school and one of the reason’s my heart went out to this character, “Travis could hardly keep his mind on his new muffler hanging over his head. Claire had lit up his life like a roman candle. She was funny and kind, sensitive and pretty – shoot, she had it all…all he wanted to do was be with her again.”

Travis, his Dad and brother crack me up too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Poison Town, book 2 The Crittendon Files by Creston Mapes
Wow be prepared to be taken on a wild ride with these faith filled characters. Set on the wrong side of the tracks in Trenton City, Ohio, Poison Town will intrigue you. Jack Crittendon a reporter for Trenton City Dispatch the local newspaper finds himself and those most precious to him in grave danger. Investigating the rumors about Demler-Vargus the local fiberglass plant Jack is faced with deception, lies and bribery. Who can he trust; the bad guys and the good guys are hard to tell apart. The further into the investigation he goes the larger the circle of corruption extends. I enjoyed seeing how the characters’ dealt with deception, anger, greed and bitterness. Any seeing the power of forgiveness and love was great.

This book started off with a bang and just kept going. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced nature, the suspense and action at every turn. This is the first book I have read by author Creston Mapes but it is sure not to be the last. Poison Town follows Fear Has A Name in The Crittendon Files series but it can be read as a stand along. I have not read the first book and had no trouble keeping up and following along. I give a high five to the author and publisher David C Cook for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the author Creston Mapes and publishers generosity. I definitely am new fan of this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner deluxe
I could not put this book down! Creston Mapes is a master at blending action, mystery, and likeable characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was excellant
Published 15 days ago by Dorothy Bachman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Loved the suspense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun, easy read
Suspenseful, fun, easy read, couldn't put the book down. Loved all the characters. You can't go wrong with this book.
Published 28 days ago by Robin A. Saylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
Edge of your seat stuff. Couldn't put it down. You almost get emotionally involved. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by dee parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended clean and entertaining mystery
I liked this book. I think the characters were likable (except Jack's wife) and relatable. The scenario is one that could play out in sny town where a factory is the main employer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Tsoukalas
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison Town
Very good - one must always do the right thing for the good of their fellow man/women.
Published 1 month ago by canbah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book. Moves nicely. Not dragged out or overly descrptive, like some novels.
Published 1 month ago by Mistermartin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Have enjoyed all of Creston Mapes' fiction. This story kept my interest and moved at a good pace.
Published 1 month ago by Sara M. Mclaurin
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More About the Author

Creston Mapes is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling Christian fiction mystery, Nobody, along with the bestselling Christian fiction thrillers Sky Zone, Poison Town, Fear Has a Name, Dark Star and Full Tilt. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels.

A journalist, copywriter, and editor, Creston works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation's top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations, including Chick-fil-A, Coke, ABC-TV, and The Weather Channel. In addition to Creston's novels and freelance writing, he has ghostwritten and edited seven non-fiction titles.

Creston is married to his hometown sweetheart, Patty. They have a close-knit family, with four great children, several pets, and a growing number of cars.

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