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Devil's Slew: A Barrett Raines Mystery Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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"Devil's Slew marks the most welcome return of Barrett "Bear" Raines....The book moves at a brisk pace as Wimberley keeps the plot tightly focused, even as the circle of his story widens beyond Florida. A surprise ending adds to the story's punch."--Oline H. Cogdill, The Miami Herald
"Wimberley knows his weaponry, swamp terrain and small-town prejudices better than most. If hard-boiled is what you’re after, Raines qualifies as the black hero du jour."--Kirkus Reviews
"Steeped in the culture and rhythms of rural Florida, Devil's Slew sneaks up on you with a sly charm and serpentine twists. Wimberley delivers a character-rich plot thick with treachery that's all the more satisfying because of its international implications."--Ian Vasquez, Shamus Award-winning author of Mr. Hooligan
"A terrific read. In Devil's Slew, Darryl Wimberley transports us inside the ruthless world of drug lords and deadly revenge. An intense thriller, full of suspense."-- Kathryn Casey, author of Blood Lines
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Bear feels depressed over the incident though he knows he and Smoot did the right thing. He investigates Quentin's last days trying to understand why he snapped. Aided by other law enforcement officials he soon uncovers a connection to vets involved in counterfeiting and money laundering. The FBI believes they kidnapped and beheaded one of their agents in New Orleans. As the evidence mounts that this is a dangerous gang based in Florida but working in Mexico and Afghanistan, someone is targeting these vets for death.
Devil's Slew is a fascinating police procedural in which the chaotic story line showcases how convoluted an investigation can become. Fast-paced from the moment Bear and Smoot arrive in the aptly named swamp and never slowing down, readers will appreciate Darryl Wimberley connecting dots between Florida, Mexico and Afghanistan in Bear's latest thriller (see Pepperfish Keys).
Darryl Wimberley's "Devil's Slew" is one of the most violent, gruesome, intricately plotted, suspenseful crime noirs I've read in a long time. It is also one of the most offensive in that it explores an overabundance of sensitive topics considered taboo, which include date rape, torture, racism and religious fanaticism. The story begins in Afghanistan where a young interpreter, Gulpari Bohtri, believes she's been raped; unfortunately, someone slipped her the drug Rohypnol and she can't remember the entire incident. Other victims have the same experience. The abducted Brenda Mantle is videotaped while being cruelly tortured. Racial slurs abound because Bear is an African American living in a predominately white, redneck community. Not since the O. J. Simpson trial have I heard the dreaded "N" word used so much. Also the word "cracker" is thrown around extensively and the author isn't referring to Saltine Crackers.Read more ›
"Devil's Slew" wastes no time getting going. The first mystery is laid out in the first chapter, along with a discription of North Gulf-coast Florida as only a native with Darryl's unparalleled gift of place could paint the scene. Agent Raines is called to a young Afghanistan veteran's trailer to assist the county sheriff, and becomes the unwilling participant in a "suicide by cop" plan. The narrative broadens to include a kidnapped Treasury agent, Homeland Security, and Mexican drug cartels, as Bear struggles to understand what the young ex-Marine, the son of an old friend, had done to find himself in an unwinnable conflict. Along the way Bear comes in contact with new enemies and old rivals, international conflicts and personal stresses, with we, the readers, finding facts and sifting clues along with him and his colleagues.
If, somehow, this is your first exposure to Barret Raines or to Darryl Wimberley, you will truly enjoy the experience. If you, as I am, are a Wimberley fan, this book does not disappoint. Be warned -- block out at least half a day to absorb and savor the journey, because you will not want to leave the world of Perry County until the very last period on the very last page.