Burrows by Reavis Z. Wortham
A Red River Mystery (Red River Mysteries)

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"Lyndon B. Johnson is President, Beatlemania is in overdrive and gasoline costs 30 cents a gallon when Ned Parker retires as constable in Center Springs, Texas. But his plan to live a quiet life as a cotton farmer is torpedoed. A phone call leads Ned to a body in the Red River and into the urgent investigation headed by his nephew, the newly elected constable Cody Parker. Together they work to head off a multi-state killing spree that sets northeast Texas on fire.

As the weeks pass, Ned’s grandchildren, ten-year-old Top and his tomboy cousin Pepper, struggle with personal issues resulting from their traumatic experiences at the Rock Hole only months before. They now find themselves in the middle of a nightmare for which no one can prepare.

Cody and Deputy John Washington, the law south of the tracks, follow a lead from their small community to the long abandoned Cotton Exchange warehouse in Chisum. Stunned, they find the Exchange packed full of the town’s cast off garbage and riddled with booby-trapped passageways and dark burrows. Despite Ned’s warnings, Cody enters the building and finds himself relying on his recent military experiences to save both himself and Big John. Unfortunately, the trail doesn’t end there and the killing spree continues…"

About Reavis Z. Wortham

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As a boy, award-winning writer, Reavis Z. Wortham hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for Center Springs. He is the author of Doreen's 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café. Humor editor and frequent contributor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine, he writes on everything from fishing to deer hunting. In addition to several other magazines, his work has appeared in American Cowboy andTexas Sporting Journal. A retired educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas.
Published July 1, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Ned Parker has retired as constable in favor of his son, Cody, it’s Ned who gets called to the scene and pressed into service when it becomes clear that Kendal is the killer.

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Wortham’s outstanding sequel to The Rock Hole (2011), likewise set in 1964 East Texas, finds Ned Parker uncomfortably adjusting to being merely a retired constable.

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John Washington, the black deputy from nearby Paris, with Cody and Ned outside for support, deals with the roaches, rats, and booby-traps as he crawls through the trash.

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