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Product Details

  • Series: Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312641494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Series fans will enjoy this shaggy hog story."--Publishers Weekly
 
"On a day I should have been working, I dove into Bill Crider's The Wild Hog Murders and didn't surface until it was finished. Like all the Sheriff Rhodes books, it was a delight. Crider is the champ at combining good, old-fashioned mystery elements with the modern crime novel. And better yet, his hero, Sheriff Dan Rhodes, is a living breathing character that I wish was my next door neighbor."-- Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms
 
"The Dan Rhodes mysteries are rich with rueful humor, sharp observations about the human condition and vivid portraits of small town life. Taken together they're a serious and important body of work. The Wild Hog Murders is especially good with a strong mystery, unforgettable characters and an opening chapter that made my head spin around. Masterful work."--Ed Gorman, Anthony and Shamus Award-winning author

About the Author

Bill Crider is the winner of two Anthony Awards and is an Edgar Award finalist. He lives with his wife in Alvin, Texas. 


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I was born and brought up in Mexia (that's pronounced Muh-HAY-uh by the natives), Texas, went to college at The University of Texas and North Texas State University, and taught high school and college classes for many years. In 2002 I retired as Chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts at Alvin Community College, in Alvin, Texas. I'm married to the lovely Judy, and we have two grown children, Angela, who's an attorney in San Francisco, and Allen, who's in the music business in Austin. Other than that, I'm a pretty boring guy.

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Just a funny book and a great read.
Claudia L. Webster
According to the reading log I keep at Goodreads, it has been since 2003.
Debnance at Readerbuzz
I like the characters and their interactions; they always blend well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Feral hogs have been running wild in Texas for years. As the problem has worsened and moved into urban areas, news reports started airing more and more frequently on the issue. If something gets reported on the news enough and there is any way possible to make a reality show on the subject, some network does. Two televisions shows on the Texas feral hog problem are in production now with no doubt more planned. Especially now since Texas has granted permission for hog hunts to be conducted from the air using helicopters. The feral hog issue is the backdrop in the latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery, "The Wild Hog Murders."

As readers of this long running series well know, Blacklin County in East Texas certainly has its crime problem as well as environmental issues. Rampaging wild hogs are the latest threat to county residents. There are some in the county that want the hogs hunted down until the very last one is dead. There are others who save every critter possible and that includes the feral or wild hogs. That contingent would be led by the Chandlers, mother and son, who recently opened a wildlife rescue center that takes in everything. Apparently somebody decided to send a message to the Chandlers because the person keeps dumping what is left of their favorite pig at the shelter.

Understandably, the Chandlers are more than a little upset and they want the culprit or culprits found and severely punished. That investigation has to take a backseat to an ongoing murder investigation. Hunters and wild hogs messed up the foot pursuit of two convenience store robbery suspects who had crashed their car during the chase and fled into the nearby woods. When the hogs and the hunters chasing them were gone, Rhodes discovered that one suspect had been killed and the other one was missing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The state of Texas struggles to control a regional form of swine flu as wild hogs run rampart destroying farms and much more. Mother and son Janice and Andy Chandler open up an animal shelter in Blacklin County where they welcome even hogs, which upsets their neighbors; one so much so the person leaves behind a slaughtered animal "Babe" on their steps.

Someone fails to pay for gas at a convenience store. Blacklin County Sheriff Dan Rhodes and Deputy Ruth Grady search in the woods for the culprit, but instead find a corpse. As the sheriff investigates the body, talk-show host Milton Munday wants Rhodes skinned alive, the anti hog vigilante mob wants his hide and bounty hunter Hoss Rapinski follows his every step. Meanwhile county commissioners blames the stoic sheriff for the hog problem while his wife puts him on a green diet and the most incompetent performing gang (Rapper and Nellie) has come back to cause trouble.

The latest Blacklin County police procedural (see Murder in the Air) is an excellent tale as Rhodes is at his calm witty best. The investigation is superb while the politicians play loose with the facts. Fast-paced with satire, slapstick and subtle humor throughout, fans will enjoy this jocular intelligent murder mystery as Texans are going wild over being hogtied.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Potter on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bill Crider just can't stop cranking out good stories. And all his readers are glad of it. July was the release date of the latest in the escapades of Sheriff Dan Rhodes with his deputies, Ruth Grady, Buddy, and Duke, and his jailhouse staff, the laughable Hack and Lawton. With Ivy and the dogs (plus a cat) at home, Sheriff Rhodes is living the dream life. I always know I'm in east Texas when I'm reading a Sheriff Dan Rhodes story--and this one took me back early on when even the high sheriff said the criminal was "off in the woods somewhere."

Or so it would seem if convenience-store robbers wouldn't wind up dead in the middle of the woods where hog hunters are stirring up a whole herd of feral hogs. This isn't the first time these wild hogs have played into an investigation, and as prolific as they are, I suspect Rhodes will encounter them again someday. In the course of his investigation of an imported (from Arkansas) criminal named Baty (our dead body), the famous television bounty hunter fugitive recovery agent, Hoss Rapinski, hits the scene and almost immediately joins Baty at the funeral home that is the county morgue.

Included with all the colorful characters are some repeat offenders in Blacklin County. The Eccles cousins find themselves suspected again. Rapper and Nellie, the two-man motorcycle gang that repeatedly gives Rhodes problems put in an appearance (and we even learn more details about Rapper--read the book to find them out for yourself). And county commissioner Mikey Burns continues to hound Rhodes with worthless ideas--like employing "Robin Hood" to rid the county of the incessant feral hogs.

Climb out on the porch, pull up a rocker and a nice big glass of sweet tea (or better yet Dr Pepper from Dublin, Texas, where they still use sugar as sweetener), grab your copy of The Wild Hog Murders, and enjoy. Five reading glasses for a fine story.

--Benjamin Potter, August 8, 2011
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It has been a long time since I've read a Bill Crider mystery. According to the reading log I keep at Goodreads, it has been since 2003. That's too long.

It should be noted that I am not a good mystery reader. A good mystery reader carefully follows the plot of a mystery, especially the small twists and loops. While reading mysteries, I often miss parts of the plot that turn out to have great ultimate significance.
And I, a natural skeptic, am always annoyed when small towns (mysteries---who knows why?---often take place in small towns) experience frequent casual murders.

That said, I loved this mystery. No, I didn't follow the plot very well and, yes, two wild-hog-related-murders took place back-to-back in this little town, but, for me, the ultimate test of a good book is the characters and the characters in this story were fabulous. The character of Soppy Benton, in particular, seemed so real that I almost feel like he is someone I know personally.

Delightful story.
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