The Rock Hole by Reavis Z. Wortham
A Red River Mystery (Red River Mysteries)

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In 1964, farmer and part-time Constable Ned Parker combine forces with John Washington, the almost mythical black deputy sheriff from nearby Paris, to track down a disturbed individual who is rapidly becoming a threat to the entire small Texas community of Center Springs. When Ned is summoned to a hot cornfield one morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he finds a dark presence in their quiet community. A farmer by trade, Ned is usually confident when it comes to handling moonshiners, drunks and domestic disputes. But the animal atrocities turn to murder, and the investigation spins beyond his abilities. After a dizzying series of twists, eccentric characters and dead-ends, Ned’s friend, cranky Judge O.C. Rains, is forced to contact the FBI. Worse, sinister warnings that his family has been targeted by the killer lead Ned to the startling discovery that he knows the murderer very well. After the failed abduction of his precocious grandchildren Top and Pepper, the old lawman becomes judge and jury to end the murder spree in the Red River bottomlands. With a heart-pounding pace, country humor and a stunning climax speaks to the darkness in us all. In bald-headed pot-bellied Ned Parker, Wortham has created an authentic American hero who will put you in mind of the best heroes and antiheroes you’ve ever experienced. The year 1964 was the end of an era in Center Springs, and the climax may well shock your civilized sensibilities.

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 November 8, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 295 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He starts with small animals, then proceeds to small human beings—mutilated, murdered, their corpses gruesomely displayed as trophies, an idiosyncratic array doubly intimidating in its lack of pattern.

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Historical Novel Society

In spite of its rough surfaces, this is an absorbing book, laying out a world just barely over the horizon from 2011, when there was a black side of town and a white side and Indians were lucky to live anywhere at all, when a man could ponder “whether the world would go to hell before all the cot...

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Nights and Weekends

The Rock Hole is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve come across during my reading history—and, believe me, I’ve read tons of books through the years.

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