The Right Side of Wrong by Reavis Wortham
A Red River Mystery (Red River Mysteries)

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This ending is manifestly not credible. So it is with a heavy heart that I declare the plot of The Right Side of Wrong to be tragically misconceived. It’s a shame that a highly professional piece of writing should end up on such a bum note.
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It’s near the end of 1965 and Constable Cody Parker of Center Springs, Texas, has a frightening sense of gathering storm clouds. His dreams prove accurate when he is ambushed and nearly killed on a lonely country road during an unusually heavy snowfall. The attack leads locals to worry that a terrifying killer known as “The Skinner” has returned.

As his nephew, Cody, recovers, Constable Ned Parker struggles to connect a seemingly unrelated series of murders, and the people of northeast Texas wonder why their once peaceful community has suddenly become a dangerous place to live.

Investigating, Ned, Cody, and deputy John Washington cross paths with many colorful characters: cranky old Judge O.C. Rains; the jittery little farmer Isaac Reader; the Wilson boys, Ty Cobb and Jimmy Foxx; and a mysterious old man named Tom Bell. Of course, Ned’s preteen grandchildren, Top and Pepper, are underfoot at every turn.

When Cody follows his main suspect across the Rio Grande into Mexico, Ned understands that to save his nephew, he will have to cross more than a river: he will have to cross over to the right side of wrong.
 

About Reavis 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 and Texas Sporting Journal. A retired educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas.
 
Published June 27, 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jul 27 2013

At times reading The Right Side of Wrong...seems like reading two different books. Set in a little town near the Texas, Oklahoma border in the ‘60’s, it is at times a historical thriller, at times a chronicle of small town life.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Nov 04 2013

This ending is manifestly not credible. So it is with a heavy heart that I declare the plot of The Right Side of Wrong to be tragically misconceived. It’s a shame that a highly professional piece of writing should end up on such a bum note.

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