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Sunshine Highway (Sunshine Series Book 3) Kindle Edition

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Length: 281 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1214 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O1IIKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I tend to write novels that are a little controversial. I don't intend to, but a question grabs hold of my mind--Do we have a right to say no to medical technology? What would it be like to be Jackie Kennedy? Where is Islamic extremism taking us?--and it won't let go. I have to explore it, I have to write about it.

Since my interests are varied, my books are varied, perhaps too much so. But whatever the theme, I always explore identity, trying to reconcile the physical and spiritual worlds. My characters respond sensually to the world as I do, they question and doubt. It would be easier to be a different kind of writer maybe. I hope you get something out of my little efforts.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Studio Su on December 28, 2011
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Do you enjoy reading a good mystery with a dose of corruption, graft, blackmail, fraud and murder? Well, get comfy, turn on your Kindle and settle in for a great read by author Ruth Francisco! Sunshine Highway takes place in Walker County, Florida where Sheriff Bill Crocker, who has held the office for 32 years, has his fingers in almost everything going on in the county.

Crocker is contemplating moving up in politics by running for the State House. However, one evening after way too much booze, he is driving home and smashes into a parked car with a woman and her twelve year old daughter inside. Terrified of the possible impact upon his career, he leaves the scene.

This "hit and run" opens up a story of great depth involving a group of people whose connections go back at least 40 years. As the story of the "hit and run" develops, more stories of corruption, blackmail and even murder begin to evolve. Sheriff Crocker, who sees himself as Tony Soprano, must fight to maintain his domain as he confronts a zealous African-American reporter for the Capitol City Observer who begins to dig around and uncovers a load of "dirt."

This book is a great read! All the characters are very well developed. I even found myself feeling sorry for Sheriff Crocker at one point when he was spending time with his estranged daughter. The author did some great research on Southern "local color" as well. Not everyone knows the term "mullygrubs!"

This is a very well edited book with an awesome, thought provoking story about small town Southern life moving from the past to the future. I highly recommend this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Schriesheimer on January 24, 2012
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Sunset Highway is an excellent read. If I were a professional reviewer, I would put in 'a cracking good story' or 'a pageturner, I couldn't put it down!' at this point for citation, which is really true! I had a bit of a crisis when I discovered, at the start of my relatively long public-transit commute, that the smartphone had run out of juice...

The author knows her country and the people; dialog and detail ring true. And the author really has a cracking good story to tell. No offense to the best-selling author, but Sunset Highway is Carl Hiaassen with depth. Nothing is as simple as it seems, neither the layered story line, nor the figures who act in it. And perhaps the most enjoyable thing is the author's gentle, thoughtful voice - not out to rub our noses in this or that point, but capable of a range of feelings, from a light, sardonic amusement to Florida lyricism to what one feels is a genuine affection for the actors, with all their foibles.

So, a truly excellent read which I highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By movin'on on June 13, 2012
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The book was great if you knew where it was written. It is always fun to read about something you know. Imagining that I was reading it as someone who just wanted to be entertained I am not sure it would have met muster. Little development of characters, a lot of time spent in the car driving down highways that were always described similarly -- once would have been enough, and very little real insight as to how and why small southern towns evolved as power hubs for a few.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Russell on February 11, 2012
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Somebody on one of the Kindle forums recommended Sunshine Highway, so I downloaded the sample. I was hooked from the first page, and after I read the sample I purchased the book. What an excellent story by a gifted storyteller!

Sheriff Bill Crocker is a benevolent dictator in his domain, a stretch of backwater along the Florida Panhandle. If he likes you, the sheriff will talk to the bank to get them to back off on foreclosing your home loan, or get you a job with the county, or look the other way when your kids are caught with drugs. But if you cross him, or if it suits his needs, Crocker will get you fired, use the power of his office to intimidate you, and maybe even make you disappear. He's a schemer, a bully, a womanizer, a drunk, and he's gotten rich during his time in office.

But Sheriff Crocker's world begins to collapse around him when he is involved in a hit and run accident while driving drunk. He believes he is invincible and reacts in all the wrong ways, and by the time the story over there will be betrayal, revenge for old wounds, and murder as the thin veneer of civility is ripped off of Walker County.

Having traveled the back roads through this part of Florida, I felt like I was seeing it all again through author Ruth Francisco's eyes. My only problem with Sunshine Highway is that I didn't want it to end! Some might not appreciate the bad language in this book, but in the real world, bad people (and even a lot of good people) talk that way. There is a lot of reality in Sunshine Highway, and I'll be looking for more by Ms. Francisco.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kent on January 1, 2012
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A very well thought out storyline and the description lacks for nothing.
The prologue is quick to get the reader's attention at a very early stage.
The scene of rusted trucks set in a semi circle; portray an eerie scene with vivid detail.
The book is full of twists and turns from page excellent read.

Neville Kent (Author)
The Secrets of the Forest - The Time Zone.
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