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Edgar-finalist Rehder's improbable and outlandish third mystery to feature game warden John Marlin (after Buck Fever and Bone Dry) finds the Blanco County, Tex., area in a sweat over presumed sightings of a mysterious wild animal called a chupacabra. No one knows what one looks like, but various lurid descriptions have stirred up local interest as well as attracted some unwelcome outside media attention. A corpse with a neck wound that looks like the work of fangs helps fuel the frenzy. Meanwhile, bumbling bubbas Billy Don Craddock and Red O'Brien come up with a superbly grandiose plan that entails capturing the mythical beast. Ex-con Duke Waldrip hasn't exactly reformed; he has a nice scam going involving phony trophy heads and exotic (and illegal) animals for staged hunts. But Duke's day starts badly when he's confronted by a wised-up hunter and it gets progressively worse as he tries to cover his tracks. Throw in an opportunistic car thief, a young boy with a taste for adventure, a few escaped exotics and a wealthy wastrel with a rebuilt trophy wife, and Rehder has a stable of characters and critters guaranteed to create havoc. Marlin's quiet competency adds to the enjoyment, as he puzzles out this confounding mystery only to have to rely on assistance from a most unlikely source.
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"One of the genre's rising talents."
--" South Florida Sun-Sentinel"

"Outrageous fun."
-- "Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) on "Flat Crazy"

"Intriguing and entertaining. Rehder's characters may be outrageous, but they are never boring."
-- "Dallas Morning News" on "Flat Crazy"
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Product Details

  • Series: Blanco County Mysteries
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467932493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467932493
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Rehder brings us back to Blanco County, Texas in this third book featuring Texas F&W Game Warden John Marlin in a fun and fast paced romp through deer country. This time we run afoul of fake trophy deer mounts, exotic animal hunting, the chupacabra, tabloid tv reporters, deaths by screwdrivers & toasters, Chinese midget porn, and our favorite redneck poachers-come-heroes Red Obrien and Billy Don Craddock.

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.
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Comic crime novels are one of my delights. I look forward the latest goofiness from Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen with great excitement. You can imagine my joy when I found that I could add Ben Rehder ad his Blanco County mysteries to my must-read list for guffaws and laugh-until-I-cry amusement.

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!
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And I mean that in a good way. Spent most of the day yesterday turning pages, smiling, grinning and occasionally laughing out loud. Thanks to another funny Ben Rehder novel, I avoided a whole day's worth of chores. Thanks, Ben.
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This isn't the usual type of mystery I'd read; I prefer those mysteries where I can come to discovery about the killer along with the authorities. Nevertheless, this is a well written story that will keep you entertained from start to finish.

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.
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Oliver Searcy is $5000 worth of upset. He's paid hunting guide Duke Waldrip that fat fee for helping him find and shoot a trophy-worthy buck, but now he's got evidence that he was cheated and wants his money back. The meeting between the two doesn't go well, especially for Searcy who ends up dead. The elaborate cover-up of the scam and the murder then begins.

This book features a complicated plot that ranges across subplots involving deer hunting. stalking a mythical animal known as a chupacabra, filming adult movies, tabloid television production, and exotic animals. And all of it ends up falling into the lap of local Game Warden John Marlin. Even though the reader is a witness to who did the original murder and how, there are other crimes committed during the story that will allow the reader a mystery or two to try to solve along with the main character.

The author continues to amaze me with his far-reaching (and sometimes seemingly far-fetched) pieces of plot points that eventually fit together as neatly as a jumbo jigsaw puzzle.

Supporting characters Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock are back again to provide a lot of comic relief, bless their politically incorrect little hearts. There are plenty of other colorful and odd Texas characters to keep things interesting and provide a few chuckles as well.

This book can be read as a stand alone mystery, but for the characters and setting to be fully appreciated, reading the books in order would be worth the extra effort.

Recommended.
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As a real life game warden, some of the facts of this story are bit far fetched; but they probably do things differently in Texas.
Far fetched but entertaining nonetheless. Good storytelling and fun to read.
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This isn't really a whodunnit, because we see the crime committed in the beginning of the book.Donnie is a hunting guide in rural Texas; Kyle inherited a large ranch and plenty of money, is on a path to spend it all, and lets Donnie guide hunters. So when a dentist from the big city comes back to Donnie to complain that his trophy rack is fake and ends up dead, his body has to be hidden. Then there's the Mexican day laborer who sees a chupacabra, which causes the county to be on the national news radar, and brings the locos out of the woodwork to find the chupacabra (which is as real as Bigfoot). There isn't really a mystery, so much as watching the law trying to figure out where the dentist went, what the chupacabra is, and work out why Kyle ran off. It's a fun romp through Texas; not intellectually stimulating, but fun,
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