PAR FOUR by Elizabeth Gunn
(A Jake Hines Mystery)

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Up against a rising tide of crime, one good cop is trying to break even....

In Rutherford, Minnesota, a crime wave is coming in, and the old values are moving out. Jake Hines--recently promoted to Chief of Detectives--sees the signs: his department investing in high-tech police toys, the SWAT boys trying on new killing gear; a drug dealer flashing money, muscle and gold out in the night. But nothing can prepare Jake for three cases crashing together at once.

A woman, a longtime bar owner, is tied up and robbed. A child is snatched. And two people, one brutally killed and the other still alive, are bound together and thrown into the river. A man who needs a new beginning of his own, Jake is up against three chilling mysteries that can be solved only the old-fashioned way: with a good hunch, a lucky shot, and a little help from a friend....

About Elizabeth Gunn

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A one-time innkeeper with a taste for adventure, Elizabeth Gunn has been a private pilot, a sky diver, a SCUBA diver, and a liveabord sailor. Extensive travel in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe led to a second career as a freelance travel writer, during which she also began writing a series of police procedural mysteries set in southeast Minnesota, where she grew up. Her books contrast the sometimes gritty routine of police work with the idyllic rural scenes around a mid-sized city in the midwest.
Published December 17, 2013 by Desert Mist Press. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And what does the whole mess have to do with a crack epidemic Jake’s detective squad is convinced has arrived in peaceful Rutherford on the wings of Eugene Soames, the fleeing suspect who capped his high-speed chase by plowing into Jake’s brand-new pickup while the Chief of Detectives was celebra...

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Jake Hines, the newly appointed chief of detectives in blue-collar Rutherford, Minn. (pop. 100,000), seems overwhelmed with a spate of crimes. But as this busy and engaging mystery quickly shows, the

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Rowdy's Bar has been robbed, and Babe Krueger, the bar's owner and Jake's old pal, was left bound and gagged in the basement.

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