Mad Dog and Englishman: A Mad Dog & Englishman Mystery #1by J. M. Hayes
While some try to sleep, and some like
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Summer in Benteen, County, Kansas, is a season possessed of all the gentle subtlety of an act of war. Winter, of course, is no better, but remembrance of its frosts and blizzards and winds that begin to suck away your life before you walk a dozen steps has grown faint by the early hours of a Sunday morning in late June.”
While some try to sleep, and some like Sheriff English and his ex-wife try sex, the Reverend Peter Simms takes an early walk in the park and encounters someone counting coup. When the Sheriff’s part-Cheyenne brother, Mad Dog, arrives to meditate, he finds the Reverend’s mutilated corpse.
Mad Dog is the obvious suspect and begins to hang out in the town jail while Sheriff English widens his net and picks up not only several suspicious characters, but an increasingly dark history for the Simms family. The case grows stormier. Soon, so does the weather. As a tornado gathers to hurl its fury on the hapless town, the fury of the killer rises to meet it.
Meet the Author
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.
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I didn't find the conversation about sex between the two 13 year old girls fit their age group. I felt the author assigned them roles more fitting for older teenagers and yet Englishman considers his daughter a tween. Heather had a lot more presence of mind than most teens would under the circumstances. I did like the character of Mad Dog though. Not sure if I will continue with the series.