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The Double-Jack Murders (Sheriff Bo Tully Series #3)
     

The Double-Jack Murders (Sheriff Bo Tully Series #3)

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by Patrick F. McManus
 

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The third novel in Patrick F. McManus's bestselling mystery series finds Sheriff Bo Tully with his hands full of elusive killers, eccentric backwoods characters, and irresistible women in this latest romp through the wilds of Blight County, Idaho.

Sheriff Bo Tully is the kind of western lawman who's as good with the ladies as he is with his guns, and he never

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The third novel in Patrick F. McManus's bestselling mystery series finds Sheriff Bo Tully with his hands full of elusive killers, eccentric backwoods characters, and irresistible women in this latest romp through the wilds of Blight County, Idaho.

Sheriff Bo Tully is the kind of western lawman who's as good with the ladies as he is with his guns, and he never lets a death threat get in the way of a good barbecue. He's a man with a sense of humor, which comes in handy when trying to establish order in Blight County.

In this latest tale, Tully pursues a seventy-five-year-old missing persons case in which a pair of gold miners (a two-man drilling team known as a double-jack) mysteriously disappeared just as they hit the mother lode in a remote part of Blight County. Meanwhile, a second, more threatening case looms large. After serving only two months of a life sentence, a mentally unstable murderer named Kincaid—a nasty piece of work if there ever was one—manages to escape prison, setting his sights on killing the man who put him behind bars: one Sheriff Bo Tully. In an effort to lead his would-be killer into the open, and also to do a little gold prospecting and fishing while he's at it, Tully heads north with his ex-sheriff father, Pap, and his friend and expert tracker, Dave.
As the two cases play themselves out, Sheriff Tully finds himself hunting down one murderer who's probably long dead, and being hunted by another who's very much alive. A fast-moving tale of murder, mayhem, and mining, The Double-Jack Murders is Patrick F. McManus's darkest, most entertaining mystery yet.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lucas Kincaid, an escaped killer, is planning to get even with Blight County (Idaho) sheriff Bo Tully, who put him behind bars, in McManus's amusing third Sheriff Bo Tully mystery (after 2008's Avalanche). Tully insists that the crazed Kincaid's being on the loose has nothing to do with him taking a little camping vacation with his father, Pap, and friend Dave Perkins. Tully figures the camping trip might draw out Kincaid, but his primary purpose is to try to solve the disappearance of gold miner Tom Link and his helper, Sean O'Boyle, in 1927. The two miners were exploring a vein of ore in the Snowy Mountains when they went missing. The college-educated Tully is no rube. An artist of considerable talent and a clever politician, he's also a backwoodsman who rambles through encounters with women, lawbreakers and abandoned mines with the sangfroid of the most sophisticated lawman. Plenty of unusual and colorful characters add to the fun. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In Sheriff Bo Tully's third outing (after The Blight Way and Avalanche), a crazy murderer escapes prison and heads to Blight, ID, seeking the man who put him away and leaving a trail of corpses in his wake. Tully has several plans in place to capture the culprit, including luring him north into the wilderness; at the same time, he is investigating the 85-year-old disappearance of a man and a boy. VERDICT Humorist and outdoor writer McManus's latest crime caper will appeal to readers who enjoy comic mysteries featuring a zany bunch of police types like those in J.M. Hayes's "Mad Dog and Englishman" series (e.g., Server Down). Those who like their crime fiction set in a Western outdoors setting might also appreciate this. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 6/1/09.]
Kirkus Reviews
Two more cases of murder for Blight County (Idaho) Sheriff Bo Tully, one of them involving a disappearance 80 years ago, the other a matter of preventing his own demise. Agatha Wrenn can't say for sure that her father was murdered. But nobody's heard anything about either gold prospector Tom Link or Sean O'Boyle, 14, ever since they disappeared in the Idaho's Snowy Mountains back in 1927. So there's a good chance that Tully (The Blight Way, 2006, etc.) will have to tell Agatha and her fetching great-niece Bunny Hunter that they're dead. The complication is that while he's up in the Snowies with his Pap and tracker Dave Perkins, Tully may well follow the long-gone pair into the great beyond. Lucas Kincaid, a homicidal maniac he'd sent to jail, has escaped custody, killed two guards and taken off for the mountains he knows like the back of his hand, with every indication that he intends to welcome Tully with both barrels. Other writers would play this setup for suspense, but McManus (Kerplunk, 2007, etc.) goes for the funny bone. The duel between Tully and Kincaid is constantly upstaged by roughhousing, good-natured putdowns, harmless flirtations and some epic meals not likely to grace the pages of Gourmet. Not much urgency to that 1927 disappearance, and surprisingly little more to the mad killer lurking among the pines. Readers are advised to kick back and relax, like Tully.
From the Publisher
“Everybody should read Patrick McManus.”
New York Times Book Review

“The laid-back Bo and McManus’ signature humor are the main attractions in this third in the series.”
Booklist

“A style that brings to mind Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Garrison Keillor.”
People

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439141229
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Sheriff Bo Tully Series , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
88,262
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Patrick F. McManus is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream. His most recent Sheriff Bo Tully mysteries are The Double-Jack Murders and Avalanche. He is the author of many other books, including such runaway New York Times bestsellers as The Grasshopper Trap, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, and Real Ponies Don't Go Oink! He lives in Spokane, Washington.

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Double-Jack Murders (Sheriff Bo Tully Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of adventure and love. Funny book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best patrick mcmanus book on the market.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have now read books 1,2, and 3 of the series and it, for me, is like going on vacation (almost). I really enjoy the characters and their verbal exchanges.
FatherAlan More than 1 year ago
Patrick McManus has succeeded in combining his incomparable outdoor-themed wit with a fun, non-threatening mystery. Loved the characters, the setting, and especially the humor. Can't wait until Pat gives us the next Bo Tulley mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting and riviting from the first line to the last. The characters are easy to follow and understand, more so that I have also read all of McManus' other books, including his first two mysteries. The plot is easy to follow but best of all, easy to understand since most of us can identify with his sense of what is real and funny. A book for young and old but best enjoyed if between the ages of 40 and 80.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The several story lines running through this latest Sheriff Bo Tully mystery make for a wonderful read. The interaction of the principal actors and expanding histories of each makes the conversations lively and realistic. I especially enjoy the continuation of the previous novel(s), the verbal sparing of the characters and the introduction of past lives. In this installment, Bo's art teacher comes to life, his wife, Ginger is alive and well and still coming through the front door, and the party goes on with shrimp in garlic sauce. The tension of a serial killer stalking Bo adds to the urgency of the read. The editing and spellchecker were evident in their absence. I don't think I found (or stumbled over) a single misspelling or grammatical error in the entire novel. Pap, Dave, Rose and Daisy are again supporting characters brought to life interacting with Bo and each other. It is the verbal interplay that makes rereading these books so enjoyable.
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MJaneTX More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the author meant this book to be amusing, with quirky characters and stunts that rival an action film. What we got is over the top, unlikeable characters and the unbelievable solving of an uninteresting mystery. I found the best thing about this novel is that it was short!