Saturday, April 03, 2010

WHERE ARMADILLOS GO TO DIE by James Hime ( Minotaur)

I waited to read this because I thought this was going to be a funny, slapstick-type book—and I just wasn't in the mood for that type. As soon as I cracked the cover and read the first page, I knew I was wrong—and that I was in for a great read. Retired Texas Ranger Jeremiah Spur's wife has been on a health kick lately, and he misses the good ol' home cooking he's eaten all his life. It's no wonder he looks forward to Friday (no rabbit victuals) nights, "since he'd given up on cigarettes and never took to drinking with enthusiasm, fried foods were near about the closest thing he had to a vice…" Unfortunately, the best place for fried catfish belonged to one of the town's nastiest residents—who had invented a machine that interested… Well, I'll let you read about who the machine interested.

The characters, while not over the top, stand high up there. The story is fast paced, scary, and believable. It's no wonder Himes was an Edgar finalist. Now I've got to look for his backlist—those books will be high in my TBR pile!

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