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Things In Ditches by [Olsen, Jimmy]
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Length: 312 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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His name may be Jimmy Olsen but he writes like Superman. A book so engaging... -- John Molene, St. Cloud Times

Jimmy Olsen's Things In Ditches is a crackerjack thriller. A stellar first novel. -- Gersh Kuntzman, New York Post

Olsen's story of bloody compulsion and shame is so sickeningly real... -- Dr. Scott A. TenNapel, Noted Psychologist

About the Author

Jimmy Olsen is a native of Hoffman, Minnesota, and has degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Alabama. He's worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and photographer. For nearly forty years, he has been an active scuba diver and instructor, living five years in the Dominican Republic.

Product Details

  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hoffman House Press (October 2, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OUHSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This cleverly written murder mystery by Jimmy Olsen will test your endurance on long investigative navigation in an attempt to capture Phillip "Dutch"Cleland believed to be guilty of murdering his former lover. The infamous question of why would someone murder a lover of long ago may never truly get answered but neither too may many things fail to find concrete finality in a town laden with deception.

As mentally challenged Walleye discovers Vicky dead in a ditch the attempts at justice and revenge would entwine a web of Dutch's present wife Jean, "vampire rapist" Murdock, Len the Attorney, and Charlie Benson investigative cop. It won't begin or end in the courtroom but high up in the cabin enclosure you will peer into Dutch's flashbacks of Vicky and understand more how revenge could surface. His story to Len will open your eyes to truth but then again, in this novel, be careful about securing truth.

What appears as a climax at the cabin may in fact be just the beginning of a new season. Hold loyalty and love loosely in your hands as well as the word "conclusion". Man, you will find, is fickle and darn right deceptive.

Not only will you be glued to the pages, but the revelations and twists will soar your adrenaline to new heights time and again. Perhaps you read many murder mysteries but this one is sure to stand out in a very unique way. I give it a 5 star rating and recommend it for its ingenious plot.
This book was given as a gift in exchange for a fair, honest review.
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Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen is a wonderful read full of fascinating characters and plenty of mystery. The small town of Willow River is close knit until the death of a stranger brings chaos. Olsen has a wide range of characters and every one of them was fascinating and well written. I was particularly impressed with how well I was able to know the characters, yet not know them at all. Despite being in the minds of many of the characters, there was still plenty of mystery and surprise. My only complaint would be that a few times throughout the book the point of view switched from one character to the next without warning, which was a little confusing; however, this wasn’t problematic enough for me to lose interest in the story. We’re told from the beginning who the killer is, but that doesn’t end the mystery. Things In Ditches is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend reading it.
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I'm not one to read for entertainment, but I could not put this book down. It felt very much like watching a true crime mystery as it happened. Every dirty detail, emotion, assumption and struggle masterfully crafted in imaginative fashion. Each individual story and viewpoint is woven into a fantastic fabric that allows you to neatly wrap the whole thing up in the end or so you think. If you like murder mystery you'll love this book.

The kindle edition does have a few misspellings and grammatical errors which are a bit distracting but the story is a work of art.
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If you’re an avid murder-mystery fan, or love crime novels, drop everything you are doing right now and purchase this book. Don’t even finish reading my review. Get the book now.

THINGS IN DITCHES by Minnesota writer JIMMY OLSEN is simply fantastic entertainment – a novel so well-crafted, so loaded with twists and turns, so darkly funny, but also with moments of serious psychological rigor – that it should have claimed a spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

Well, um, maybe it did, I don’t know: This book was first issued 15 years ago, and then seems to have been reissued again in 2010, Whatever the case, the best books are timeless, and this one still reads as fresh as the June kale in my garden.

It’s the story of the murder of an achingly lovely blonde woman whose strangled body is found in a ditch just outside a small Minnesota town. Olsen has us going right from the start by introducing us to the killer on the very first page. Even so, I doubt that the savviest Sherlock Holmesian murder-mystery solver will be able to guess what is really going on here.

Take it from me — a guy who grew up in a northern Minnesota town of 700 people — Olsen brilliantly captures the cultural texture of that unique fabric which makes up a tiny Minnesota community of just a few hundred folks.

But wait, there’s something even better. Olsen doesn’t settle for mere reality. A true wordsmith understands that writing is art, and so there is just a molecular thin layer of fictional unreality spread over this depiction of small-town life.
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Did I enjoy this book: Mr. Olsen had a lot of good stuff in this book. I have to quote my favorite line. It was the internal thoughts of a suicidal murderer on the run, “But of course he didn’t fear prison. He feared exposure –the world seeing him for what he really was. The mask of his life removed and him there naked and small as only God knew him.”

I thought that was profound and probably more common than we think that both criminals and non-criminals fear exposure more than jail. I also liked the ending of the book.

But overall, I found it outdated and sexist. Some of the male characters are Viet Nam Vets. All the Nam vets I know are past seventy. These guys were in their thirties and maybe, forties. It didn’t fit. There were also several scenes that really turned me off. Here’s one of many scenes that made my skin crawl:

“Once again she lay exposed. The plump mortician stood and pressed a fist into his lower back. That’s it, he said. ‘Hand me the cover.’
“Not quite.” Charlie remained on the ground near the woman’s bare feet. ‘Check her vagina.’”

The male characters often make references to how attractive the dead woman is and frequently discuss her vagina. Ewww, is the only word I can think of to accurately describe many scenes in this book.

Would I recommend it: I’d probably recommend a different mystery . . . something more up to date, like a Karin Slaughter or a Michael Connelly mystery.

As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Books.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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