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Tractor Girl: A Texas Crime Novel [Kindle Edition]

James Reasoner
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Small-time crook Nick Paulson was pulled back from the brink of death by a blond goddess on an old red tractor. Wounded in an attempted mob execution, Nick thinks that the Texas farm where he finds himself recuperating from his injuries will be a good place to hide out from the men who want to kill him. But what he discovers there might turn out to be even more dangerous . . .

TRACTOR GIRL is a brand-new hardboiled crime novel in the classic mold of the 1950s Gold Medals from legendary yarnspinner James Reasoner, author of TEXAS WIND, DUST DEVILS, and DIAMONDBACK. Set in rural Texas in the early Fifties, filled with lust, obsession, greed, and violence and told at a breakneck pace, TRACTOR GIRL is redneck noir at its finest.

Never before published, 36,000 words.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Book Place (August 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KLVO7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hardboiled Gem From Reasoner September 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Jim Thompson once said "There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I've used every one, but there is only one plot - things are not as they seem." James Reasoner has written over two-hundred stories, and the same holds true, especially in the new Noir, TRACTOR GIRL.

Because of that very reason, I will leave the plot synopsis from this review. My advice is to purposely avoid any description that the publisher, or anyone else has given. Because with Reasoner, a big part of the fun is not knowing what to expect. The story starts off with a bang (literally) and from there it's one surprise after another. Any bit of information is bound to ruin something that would have been better left to the natural progression of the story.

TRACTOR GIRL is a stand-alone, but also works as a great companion piece to DUST DEVILS. In fact, while reading it, I imagined the same farmhouse location. If this were back in the day, and Roger Corman decided to turn one into a movie, he might opt to shoot the other on the same set, use the same tractor, and even the same dogs, then play them together on a double-bill like he used to do with the Poe pictures.

I have this thing about finishing a chapter before I put a book down to rest. I'm sure many have the same habit. This proved to be an impossible task with TRACTOR GIRL. Each chapter ends with the kind of cliffhanger that makes you go "okay...just one more.". After a few hours, I had read the book in one sitting. It's a lean tale, but at around 100 pages, the length works. And what's most satisfying is that the characters resonate.

A fine Noir. And at $2.99 you have no excuse...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro-Noir at its best September 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
James Reasoner says that this book is his tribute to the paperback writers of the '50s, and he does a remarkable job of capturing the spirit of their work. He gives us a dandy hardboiled story with plenty of surprising twists and does it all in under 40,000 words. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Gold Medal Thriller? September 2, 2011
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The latest from James Reasoner, he says it's an homage to those Gold Medal novels of the fifties and sixties. Short and punchy, things move along nicely. Known for his westerns, it's another example of that Texas noir style he does so well.

A man wounded by hoods, barely escaping, rescued by a beautiful blond on a tractor, he just might have found himself in something more dangerous in the little farm house.

A good one. I read this one over breakfast and coffee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight Noir Suspense Tale November 8, 2011
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Tractor Girl by James Reasoner is a lot like the old Gold Medal suspense novels I grew up on as a kid. They always featured tough as nails guys (good and bad) and femme fatales that were lethally lovely. This little novel weighs in with the same frenetic action and twists and turns in the plot as those books, and would have been published as a Gold Medal Original back in the day.

The action starts on page one and doesn't let up. Along the way, though, Reasoner games the readers often, adding fast-paced switches and reveals that will have you mesmerized. Things definitely aren't as they seems on the small little Texas ranch.

Although the plot stems from somewhere outside the farm, the main character Nick Paulson is dumped on the family land and on death's door. And it's there, where Nick is supposed to be recovering, that he faces his greatest danger and greatest temptation.

It's difficult to talk much about the plot without giving away the various cliffhangers and reverses. I settled in with this one to while away a few minutes at lunch, then felt irritated when I had to get back to work. Thankfully I was able to finish it that night.

The characters are just solid enough to hang the plot on, and the complications pop up and change the game before you can get settled into any of them. Even though you think you've got each curveball figured out, Reasoner still succeeds in throwing out one more to leave you gasping at the finish line.
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Not being familiar with author, James Reasoned, I really did think this was just going to be a sexy romp with a farmer's daughter protagonist. Instead I got one of the best page turning crime novels I've read in a long time. It does start slow with small time thug Nick Paulson left for dead by other thugs. Saved by Darcy Whitfield, an angel on a tractor, Nick is tended to by her who he immediately falls in love with. To complicate his recovery is her hostile father, a hard working farmer and her neer do well brother. Plus the constant worry his friends might come back to see if they did finish their job. Nick is in love with the blonde beauty, though. Blindly in love. Till rose colored glasses turn more clear and the story becomes blurry and twisted. I'm not even going to enter more and ruin any surprises for you. There are more twists than in Darcy' s lovely locks and
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More About the Author

A lifelong Texan, Reasoner has been a professional writer for more than thirty years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Best known for his Westerns, historical novels, and war novels, he is also the author of two mystery novels that have achieved cult classic status, Texas Wind and Dust Devils. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, award-winning fellow author Livia J. Washburn.

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