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In Edgar-finalist Hime's fine third mystery to feature retired Texas Ranger and “perennially struggling cattle rancher” Jeremiah Spur (after 2004's Scared Money), the veteran lawman finds himself in the center of a flurry when the daughter of restaurateur Sylvester Bradshaw asks him to look into her father's disappearance. Brenham, Tex., is a small town where plenty of people have large ambitions, including the missing Bradshaw, whose precious food processing secret is protected even from his own sons, Mark and Luke. Bradshaw's fate and the fate of his invention hold the key to the futures of his sons, a doctor, a couple of lawyers, a retired NFL pro, the current sheriff, an ambitious prosecutor and the Texas Aggies' hopes for a football championship. Hime nicely blends broad humor and sharp characterizations, while Spur's mellow approach to investigation contrasts starkly with the blatant self-interest of most everybody else. (Dec.)
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“Jim Hime does for Texas what Pelecanos does for Washington, makes it live and breathe. Jeremiah Spur, retired Ranger, a part pitch-perfect for Tommy Lee Jones, slow-burns off the page till he literally blisters into your heart.” ―Ken Bruen, author of London Boulevard

“A small-town story of a too-big idea. A Texas tale of good green turned to greed. And a would-be American tragedy averted---thanks to Jeremiah Spur. It’s a comfort to know James Hime is back---and that Spur is still on duty.” ―Theresa Schwegel, Edgar Award-winning author of Last Known Address

“Set a chair up in that wide spot in the road and put your feet up. You're about to enjoy the pitch-perfect magic of James Hime, that raconteur from the Birthplace of Texas where red-blooded, catfish-loving characters meet high-tech greed. Where Armadillos Go to Die, the third in the Jeremiah Spur series, is a shot of pure black coffee straight to the vein.” ―Louise Ure, Shamus Award--winning author of Liars Anonymous

“Beautiful writing, memorable characters, seamless dialogue, and a timely and original story, tough and gritty as a Texas landscape, Jim Hime writes with a careful touch, an original voice, and unexpected tenderness. A gem.” ―Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-winning author of Air Time

“Rarely, we pick up a mystery where the setting is pleasingly unfamiliar, the plot is rewardingly intricate, the characters walk and talk as big as life, and where the whole book, line by line, is written, not typed or input or dictated. Such a book is James Hime's Where Armadillos Go to Die. You can't call Armadillos a romp because the whole damned thing reads like a victory lap around nearby Thunderhill Raceway.” ―Hershel Parker, author of Melville

“Grade: A. James Hime's novels are as Texas as a squashed armadillo by the side of the road, but lots more fun. His second, fast-paced whodunit . . . speaks with a twang and brings a sleepy place called Brenham to life.” ―Rocky Mountain News on Scared Money

“Hime sets 'em up and knocks 'em down with élan in this edgy thriller sophisticated enough to sprawl from the cafés of Vienna to the alleys of Brenham without skipping a beat.” ―Texas Monthly on Scared Money

“Colorfully written and marked by a compassionate knowledge of how small towns operate, Mr. Hime's debut novel is enjoyable and exciting.” ―The Dallas Morning News on The Night of the Dance

“Terrific---that’s what this book is.” ―The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) on The Night of the Dance

“There's a new sheriff in town when it comes to Texas crime writing, and his name is James Hime.” ―Harlan Coben on The Night of the Dance

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Product Details

  • Series: Jeremiah Spur Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312534868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312534868
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
He may be the most hated person in Brenham, Texas due to his mean spirited racism, but his restaurant Bouree is also the most popular. No one makes catfish like Sylvester Bradshaw can. His repeat customers come for the great food and not for the small talk; just the way nasty Bradshaw prefers it.

Sylvester has invented a gizmo that people want a piece of the action, but he tells everyone to stick it up their butt. When he vanishes Sheriff Dewey Sharpe thinks nothing of it as he has personal problems dealing with erectile dysfunction that is more important to him than some ignoramus disappearing. Former Texas Ranger Jeremiah Spur learns that the man's office was invaded and torn apart, he becomes concerned. However, when Bradshaw's worried daughter asks him to investigate he agrees as he hopes an inquiry will help him reduce his worry over his hospitalized wife Martha suffering from E. coli food poisoning and besides he may be the only pal of rhe ornery Sylvester.

This is a fast-paced investigative tale as Texans prove tougher than E. coli. The story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down from the moment that Sylvester's wife calls her daughter to tell her he never came home. Over the top of Guadalupe Peak, Where Armadillos Go to Die is an enjoyable thriller due to a wacky eccentric cast and a wonderful retired hero (see Scared Money and The Night of the Dance) who still has his moxie, Texas style.

Harriet Klausner
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What begins as a disappearance in a small Texas town grows into a compelling thriller as ex-Ranger Jeremiah Spurs undertakes an unofficial investigation for the daughter of a missing man. Although he is understandably distracted by his wife's hospitalization for an E. coli infection, Jeremiah has no objection to filling the downtime waiting for Martha's recovery by assisting Sylvester Bradshaw's daughter. Bradshaw has been missing since her closed his restaurant, the last one on the premises, counting the evening's take in privacy. Famous for his fried catfish, Bradshaw credits his success to a secret invention, a process that has extensive ramifications for general use. Even though the word is out that Sylvester is on to something important, Bradshaw is extremely paranoid, determined to control his invention and protect his interests.

Since Sylvester has few friends and many enemies, there is no shortage of suspects, from a Huston lawyer whose daughter has also been hospitalized for E. coli, to a local big shot, ex-NFL star and toaster oven spokesman Big Ty Daniels, who badly needs another product to hype. Then there are the venture capitalists eager to get a piece of Bradshaw's action. In fact, this small Texas town is unusually busy. Besides Bradshaw's disappearance, there has been a spectacular car chase and crash when Little Ty- a current star on the football field- rolls the family Hummer, capturing the interest of local law enforcement. Politics meets fame as the conscientious District Attorney Sonya Nichols tries to accommodate the local football coach while holding Little Ty and his friends accountable for their behavior.
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James Hime brings back retired Texas Ranger Jeremiah Spur and puts him right in the middle of murder, corporate espionage, his wife's serious and partly unexplained illness, a redneck family, and a star football player's family. Amazingly he brings all these components together and forms them into a highly readable story.
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Having read the first two books in this series, couldn't wait to dig into this one. The main character, Jeremiah Spur, exhibits all the traits of a classic western hero. You won't be disappointed in the plot, supported by good dialogue. Anxiosly awaiting a short story to be released in November, 2013, called, "Dallas Noir". Spur is my new hero; John Wayne would have loved to play his part!
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Having read James Hime's previous novels, I was prepared for a great ride. And I'm pleased to say he exceeded my expectations with "Armadillos." The superb pacing confirmed the talent of an author who's grown with each book, and I could easily visualize the characters and settings and believe each event in the story as it unfolded. Not surprisingly, I had trouble putting it down. And wow, was it fun.
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