Do unto Others

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Overview

Jordan Poteet has left the big city to work as a librarian in his hometown of Mirabeau, Texas. But his dream of the quiet life is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious fanatic, in a battle over censorship. When Jordan finds her murdered body in the library, he becomes the prime suspect. And when the police find a cryptic list stashed next to her fanatical heart, it seems as if Beta Harcher has the whole town in a death grip . . . ...
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Overview

Jordan Poteet has left the big city to work as a librarian in his hometown of Mirabeau, Texas. But his dream of the quiet life is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious fanatic, in a battle over censorship. When Jordan finds her murdered body in the library, he becomes the prime suspect. And when the police find a cryptic list stashed next to her fanatical heart, it seems as if Beta Harcher has the whole town in a death grip . . .

The debut of a devilishly funny new mystery series set in the South--brimming with scandals, slaughter, and sassy down-home wit. Jordan Poteet returns to his small East Texas hometown to care for his ailing mother, only to find himself confronted by family skeletons . . . and a murdered man in the local library. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Abbott's debut mystery is a bright, often funny portrayal of the social mechanics of a small town, where, as the narrator/accused/detective quickly discovers, everyone has something to hide. Jordan Poteet has left a thriving publishing career back East to return to his home town in Mirabeau, Texas-a town as backward and insulated as any clich-to care for his ailing mother and work as the local librarian. Quickly, Jordan is accused of the gruesome murder of a nasty, churchgoing town elder who is at odds with the library's ``liberal'' policies. With a redneck assistant D.A. on his heels, Jordan tries to prove his innocence. Abbott is highly skilled and at ease with the twang and tone of Texas folk and often seems in control of his story. The problem is Abbott has stuffed his relatively short book full-too full. He covers almost every hot topic from censorship to religious fanaticism to Alzheimer's to blackmail. The cast of characters is so vast that Abbott is forced to rehash his hero's suspect list more than once, and though the sweetly handled and satisfying romantic subplot stands out, more often readers will find themselves lost in a sea of personalities. While often engaging, Abbott simply weaves too large a web for a small-town tale. It's a little hard to imagine how this once-in-a-lifetime will translate into the series promised by the cover. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Jeff Abbott's Do Unto Others (Ballantine. 1994. ISBN 0-345-38948-4. pap. $6.50) introduces small-town head librarian (though non-MLS) Jordan Poteet, who leaves a Boston publishing job for his Texas home town to care for his ailing mother. Jordan's run-in with local gadfly and ex-library board member Beta Harcher over removing "smut" from the shelves takes an ugly turn when Harcher is found beaten to death in the library. The weapon, a baseball bat, bears Jordan's fingerprints. Fortunately for Jordan, the victim left a list of other potential suspects complete with topical Bible verses. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Emily Melton
When his mama gets Alzheimer's and needs a caregiver, Jordan Poteet leaves his job in Boston to go home to Mirabeau, Texas. Luckily, the job as head of the Mirabeau library opens up, so even though Jordy doesn't have an MLS (gasp!), he's hired. Local harpy Beta Harcher immediately jumps on Jordy's case about the library's owning smut by authors like Twain, Lawrence, and Hawthorne. Unfortunately, the day after she and Jordy have a big argument, the woman is found bludgeoned to death, and Jordy ends up tops on Sheriff "Junebug" Moncrief's suspect list. Jordy knows he didn't kill Beta, and he doesn't want to end up in the pokey, so he decides to find the murderer. Abbott's writing is folksy and full of cornpone humor, and the plot is one of those every-small-town-has-secrets types, but there are some nice comic touches, Jordy is a likable fellow, the action is flashy, and the ending is heartwarming. And it's always nice to encounter a librarian-sleuth, even one sadly lacking in professional credentials.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345389480
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Jordan Poteet Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 619,501
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.83 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Abbott
Jeff Abbott
Nominated for three Edgar and two Anthony Awards, Jeff Abbott is the author of eight novels, including Panic, Cut and Run, Black Jack Point, and A Kiss Gone Bad.
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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    good start for a series

    I got the book at a godd price so I thought I would try this author. I love books in paper form. Even if old (1994) I wanted this book. What happens to Jordan in this book could happen to anyone. Trying to care for an alzheimer mother I am familiar with, I could relate. I think we have all had a Beta Hatcher, busy body in our lives at some time or another. I laughed and at the same time felt frustrated for Jordan. Having to live with his,mother,sister and her kid. Well let me be frank, this was a could not put down book. I am searching for more books by this author, I am ordering them all, whatever he has written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    An ok book .

    I thought it was suppose to be a mystery book , not drama . The part when Jordan finds out who his father is , should have not been included in the book !

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