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- Publication Date: May 10, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0050DZEA8
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His re-election campaign fades into insignificance when Carl Spence, accompanied by two other convicts, escapes from the local state prison and heads for Mexico with a stop in Francine County to take revenge against Jubal. Finding Jubal's home empty, Spence kill's Jubal's dog instead as a warning to the sheriff. Bad move on the part of Spence. It's not a good idea to deliberately provoke the sheriff by killing his dog, and it's an even worse move to kill a family of four in Jubal Early's county. Despite the sheriff's active discouragement, he is aided in his hunt for Carl Spence by evidence tech and computer expert Hollie Sharpe,a former Texas Ranger who quits Buck Nevin's team, not the least because Buck is a jerk and a not very competent lawman. Jubal refuses to hire Holly as a Francine County deputy because there's no money in the budget, and besides, she young and inexperienced. Unpaid and unwanted, Holly shows up anyway at a San Antonio shoot-out. If Holly's interference, the upcoming election, a disloyal deputy, and Buck Nevins taking over his investigation, Jubal doggedly continues on the hunt. He doesn't intend to give up and damn the election and Buck Nevins.
David Grace has created a wonderful and realistic character in Jubal Early, stubborn, dogged, a little old-fashioned, but honest and ethical with a low tolerance for those who break the law. Grace evokes the East Texas setting, as well as describing the close working relationships between Texas sheriffs. While action is often violent, it is not gratuitous, but rises from the psychology of the characters. All in all, Shooting Crows at Dawn is a good read.
The characters are all believable. Dark is a very likeable character as a widower and father of an adult daughter. Holly Sharps is a crime scene tech working for Texas Ranger Buck Nevis. Buck allows her to make coffee, file, and pick up his dry cleaning. Holly offers to help Dark solve his cold case and work for free if he will just give her a chance.
This is a pretty gritty tale and although it had a little more violence than I like, I was impressed with the quality writing and suspenseful plot. This is a great crime drama!
This book starts out strong and never lets up. Jubal Dark, sheriff of Francine County, Texas, is one of the best characters I've read in some time, and Carl Alvin Spence, an escaped convict, and Buck Nevin, a Texas Ranger, are first-rate counterparts. Added to the great characters is the compelling landscape, as the chase for Spence takes the reader through the back roads of rural Texas. As I read the book, I felt like I was in familiar country with people I knew. I'd love to see more Jubal Dark stories.
Jubal Dark is a compelling but simple man. He misses his wife, Annabelle, who has been dead for four years. For two years, he has been haunted by his failure to find the killer of a local woman, Carol Railsback. He's getting old and fat. He's up for re-election and his nemesis, Buck Nevin, has convinced a Houston homicide detective to run against him. Jubal wants to keep his job as sheriff, but maybe there's something inside him that believes he doesn't deserve it because he hasn't found Carol Railback's killer. And then Spence inserts himself into the mix. Sheriff Dark was the man who originally brought Spence to justice, and four years later, escaped from prison, Spence is out for revenge before he heads off to Mexico. With his two accomplices, Spence breaks into Dark's house - and finds only his dog. And you know what happens in Texas when you kill a man's dog. Killing the dog is only the beginning of the bloody trail left behind by this trio. Spence and his fellow escapees move on, stopping at the home of a local man, his wife and two children, then killing them all before moving on. Spence makes sure the killing happens in Sheriff Dark's county, just in case Dark doesn't already know what Spence thinks of him.
Jubal Dark now has a burning passion for justice and he intends to get his man, in spite of Buck Nevin, jurisdictional issues, or his re-election against a candidate who says he's too fat, too old, and too old-fashioned to stay in office. Jubal doesn't have time to campaign; as far as he's concerned, catching Spence is his campaign. And if he can solve the case of Carol Railsback, he can retire satisfied that he did his job.
This is a fantastic story, and the author tells it well. Go grab this book and join Jubal Dark as he tears up Texas!