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Flat Crazy: Blanco County Mysteries Paperback – November 17, 2011
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"Intriguing and entertaining. Rehder's characters may be outrageous, but they are never boring."
-- Dallas Morning News on Flat Crazy
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Rehder continues to put forth enjoyable comic mysteries based in his fictional Blanco County. His witty writing and quick pace takes the readers through a speedy jaunt in the back country via a variety of interesting characters. Just when you begin to wonder why one of the side stories is even in the book, it all falls into place and ties it all together. Always a pleasure to read Rehder's books and hopefully we've still got an abundance yet to come.
Flat Crazy combines an authentic Texas country voice with great satires of the local doings. Mr. Rehder has a powerful and original imagination for characters and plots that employs an intense wackiness that is just irresistible.
Some of the many satirical targets in this book include the superstitious, exotic game trophy hunters, hunting guides, pornographic entrepreneurs and actors, television news producers, and the idle rich. When one of these targets isn't cracking you up, another one is.
The plot is also quite delightful. It's not easy tying all of those elements together into something resembling a crime and detection story.
The story begins simply enough. A day-laborer needs to find a bush quickly in order to relieve himself. What he finds there launches a county-wide search for a mythical beast. Everyone has an angle, each one crazier than the next.
Elsewhere, a scamming hunting guide gets caught by his customer . . . and finds himself facing the wrong end of a revolver. A little accident makes matters worse. And so the fun begins!
We learn early on the identity of the killer. The remainder of the novel is filled with a series of contrivances, coincidences, and down-right silliness (think dwarf porn stars) as the game warden attempts to discover who killed Mr. Searcy.
I recommend this book if you want a light, fun read. But do bring a pencil and paper with you when you begin reading. There are A LOT of characters in this, and it was hard at first to keep track of who was who.
Far fetched but entertaining nonetheless. Good storytelling and fun to read.
The author does tend to lean towards hookups, drugs, and media stars for plot devices, but it is all in good fun. His almost-farce settings and new as well as recurring characters make for a very enjoyable read.
Swearing: more in this book than the others. Hence the 4 stars instead of 5
Sex: yes but not at all explicit
Violence: yet but not graphic
Drugs: multiple situations with drugs, some of it pretty descriptive
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book. Very believable characters and an interesting twist on a mythical creature.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Ben Rehder has hooked this long time reader on John Marlin's character, who is Texas tough and Lone Star honest.Published 1 month ago by Wally
A refreshing -- some might say 'risqué' -- romp with some of Blanco County's more colorful characters with just enough murder to keep the game warden busy.Published 1 month ago by TIMOTHY ENGLERT
Ben Rehder is to Texas what Carl Hiassen is to Florida. I look forward to the next in the series.Published 2 months ago by Keith Clay
Normally I am not attracted to a series of books, however,
this " Blanco county mysteries " is an exception. Read more
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, that this novel was superb! Mr. Render, you write about life in a small town, and you sure hit the nail on the head! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Guthrie, Central Oregon
This was my second "Blanco County Mystery" and I really enjoyed it. The plot is wonderfully preposterous, the characters are loveably offbeat (mostly) and the settings are... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer