Prairie Gothic by J M Hayes
(Mad Dog & Englishman Series)

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Benteen County, Kansas is a hellhole in summer of scorching heat and wind and turns even meaner in winter. As a howling blizzard blows down upon the sparsely-populated county seat of Buffalo Springs, Sheriff English confronts both a doll and a dead baby—their bodies switched, but by whom? And why? The elderly coroner disclaims any knowledge, but seems uneasy when the swastika on the tiny corpse is revealed. The sheriff’s part Cheyenne half-brother, Harvey Edward Maddox, is known as Mad Dog, reflecting his Amerind heritage. Mad Dog collects a naked dead body from the Sunshine Towers retirement home and heads towards a treetop burial until he is diverted by the storm. In a makeshift mound nearby, Mad Dog’s pet wolf-dog hybrid finds a child’s skull—and evidence of adult bones. He also discovers a fading ID for a living County Supervisor. Can the Hornbaker clan really be as gothic as it seems? And what of the tiny woman in the red shoes back at the Towers who calls herself Dorothy, underlying an odd Kansas literary theme....

About J M Hayes

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J.M. Hayes was born and raised on the flat earth of central Kansas where Prairie Gothic takes place. He graduated from Wichita State University and did another three years of post graduate work at the University of Arizona. He shares a home in Tucson, AZ with his wife, several computers, four thousand or so books, and a small herd of German Shepherds.
Published August 6, 2010 by ReadHowYouWant. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Wait, there’s more, since Hayes (Mad Dog and Englishman, 2000, etc.) piles on outrageous subplots in an unrelenting mode of violent, breakneck farce, crosscutting without mercy from Mad Dog’s adventures with a red-shoed woman who insists that she’s Dorothy and he’s the Wizard to the sheriff’s sea...

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Switched identities, an infant who appears mysteriously, a madwoman locked away from the outside world—these and other gothic elements in Hayes's wry, briskly paced second novel (after 2000's Mad Dog and Englishman) would make Mrs. Radcliffe feel right at home.

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