- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st Ed. edition (April 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312323875
- ISBN-13: 978-0312323875
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Mammoth Murder Hardcover – April 18, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Brisk and funny dialogue propels Crider's diverting 13th mystery to feature Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes (after 2003's Red, White, and Blue Murder). When a dead body turns up in a Blacklin County forest better known for its bigfoot sightings, Rhodes hopes the murderer won't be as hard to catch as the legendary monster itself. One morning, town character Bud Turley alerts the sheriff that he's found bigfoot's tooth in a patch of woods notable mainly for its feral pigs—and for a local boy having disappeared there years back. When the fossil tooth proves to be that of a mammoth, Rhodes isn't surprised, but when the corpse turns out to be Turley's best friend—and when another murder takes place nearby, not long after—things really get complicated. Turley, meanwhile, has already summoned amateur bigfoot investigators nationwide to come to Blacklin County to investigate. Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy this playful romp with a Texas drawl. (Apr.)
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Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, is hoping to escape the rigors of wife Ivy's low-fat diet with a trip to the Dairy Queen when Bud Turley-- referred to by the locals as Bud Squirrely--enters the office and asks him to guard the tooth he found in the woods and believes belongs to Bigfoot. But before they can summon the experts, the body of Larry Colley, Bud's pal and fellow Bigfoot believer, is discovered in the same woods, dead from a blow to the head. The tooth belongs to a mammoth and may be of some scientific interest, but before the excavation can begin, a local shopkeeper is also murdered: two bodies, no apparent motive and all very close to the site where a young boy disappeared a decade earlier. Rhodes moves forward in his quiet way, exploiting the small-town rumor mill as he develops a theory that will explain both the current and the older killings. The thirteenth Rhodes mystery is another satisfying puzzler populated by colorful Texas characters and driven by the author's distinctive, dry wit. Wes Lukowsky
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Top Customer Reviews
I must not have been paying attention when I started reading because this is a mystery I should have figured out very early in the book. I didn't know who dunnit until Sheriff Rhodes figured it out. It was an obvious set of clues and they went over my head.
I like these mysteries well enough. They are written well and the clues are presented honestly. No cutesy crap from Crider.
One quibble, I don't find the Sheriff's dispatcher and jailer funny or cute. They are irritating and insubordinate and often hinder the process just for their own entertainment. I don't think they bring much to the table except aggravation.
Finding a body in the nearby Big Woods, a woods known for snakes and hogs, Sheriff Dan Rhodes is reminded of the disappearance of a young boy many years before. Curious if the two events are tied together, he begins an investigation that runs through Bigfoot hunters, auto mechanics, librarians, college professors, and laborers. Rhodes' intellect and relentless dedication to finding the truth places in him humorous situations as well as dangerous ones. In a kind of Mayberry approach to police work, Rhodes finds the guilty parties but not before having to break up fights, deal with a snake, get in a gun battle, and hear a myriad of opinions on Bigfoot.
Crider's prose is smooth and his story-telling ability is energetic and entertaining. The dialog is remarkably realistic with creative interjections of thought placed throughout the discussion. The hilarious exchange between Hack and Lawton about the mooning taking place in the county continues to make me smile. Yet even with the entertainment, particularly regarding the fear of hogs, there is a sense throughout the book of energy and danger. The almost colloquial presentation of the events does not detract from the seriousness of the overall plot. This makes for a fun, goal-directed story that pulses all the way to the satisfying conclusion.
Every Crider book is a gem, and A Mammoth Murder is one of my personal favorites.
A few of the eccentrics of the county come to the fore in this tale. Bigfoot is always an interest among the natives but Bud Turley creates a storm of interest when he finds a large tooth in the woods. He convinces a college professor to come look over the tooth; in the meantime, Rhodes keeps the tooth in custody. Bud and his friend Larry Colley are two of the County's quacks and resident Bigfoot hunters. When Bud is found dead, folks want to blame Bigfoot. This brings out all the Bigfoot crazies from around the nation to tiny Blacklin County, Tx.
Everyone is looking for a CSI or forensic solution, but Sheriff Rhodes shows that it just takes good police work to find the murderer. I read this through my public library; it was a book-on-tape. George Guidall is the perfect voice to capture the small-town mentality of Blacklin County.