This is the first novel for MaryAnn Johnson. She was born and raised in rural Arkansas. She worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Northern Virginia area for 16 years, but now lives in Arkansas with her husband, Michael, and granddaughter Ashley. She continues to work part time in the medical field, but spends more time with special interests that include reading, writing short stories, poetry, and gardening. She has two indoor cats, Buddy and Itty-Bitty. She has two dogs, Miller, a lab mix, and Ovie, a German Sheppard and Husky mix. Ovie was the model for Corey and Sam in this book. All are animal shelter rescues.
Murder and Meth in Arkansasby MaryAnn Johnson
A mixture of murder and methamphetamine manufacture in Arkansas brings together an array of persons with different agendas in this story written by first time author, MaryAnn Johnson. The richness of the rural characters portrays the down to earth nature of life in Arkansas in contrast to the bustling activity in the metropolitan Washington D.C area. The two
A mixture of murder and methamphetamine manufacture in Arkansas brings together an array of persons with different agendas in this story written by first time author, MaryAnn Johnson. The richness of the rural characters portrays the down to earth nature of life in Arkansas in contrast to the bustling activity in the metropolitan Washington D.C area. The two cultures come together through the main character, Nurse Practitioner Carol McMahon as she takes on an unexpected role in assisting in a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) investigation.Carol receives a phone call that her older brother, Bobby, has died in a bizarre drowning incident, and the funeral was to be that afternoon. Her suspicion index kicks into high gear. Why bury him so soon before the family could get there? Carol makes it to the funeral just in time. While speaking at the funeral, Carol refers to the close relationship she shared with her brother and the numerous phone calls from him over the past few months. Those comments are the impetus to make her a person of interest in a DEA Task Force Investigation. They approach her to help them with their drug investigation and promise to help her find out what happened to Bobby. Carol agrees to help. Over the next few weeks, Carol is traveling back and forth between Virginia and Arkansas and keeping up with life in both areas by phone, but feels very fragmented. Her husband, Johnny is very understanding, but dismayed at Carol's stubborn, persistent nature and knows she will stop at nothing to get the mystery of Bobby's death solved. Frustrated by the DEA Agents, Tom Baker and Bruce Hillman not sharing with her all they know in the investigation of her brother's death, she places her life in peril by intently seeking to find out answers herself. As people are dying around her in Arkansas, Carol may very well be next.Carol continues to have clashes with her new supervisor in the large regional jail she works in. This results in a sub plot revealing the inside activities of a large jail and with Carol demonstrating medical skills to help the people she serves there and the people she works shoulder to shoulder with. The conflict with her supervisor is resolved in a surprising climax.
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This was a great story witha lot of suspense and drama but i found it a bit dificult to read because of the stilted lamguage. Its so much easier to read a book that is written more informal the way we actually speak. For example, using I'm instead of I am, we're instead of we are, they're instead of they are, we'll instead of we will and so on. Kenny and Sara Watson were the only people who actually spoke like a true rural Arkansan. That all being said, having grown up in rural NE Arkansas myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and had fun putting the names of towns in the story to actual towns in Arkanasas, such as Judson - Judsonia, Cotton Gin - Cotton Plant or maybe Rivertown - Batesville and Sulphur Springs - Sulphur Rock. I really hope to read more stories about Arkansas from MaryAnn in the near future.
I enjoyed the book very much! I was very impressed with the writer's style and how she made AR come alive for me. I enjoyed reading about the rural life in small towns in Ar. This was an excellent first book for the author and I look forward to reading more by MaryAnn Johnson! I do recommend buying the book! It will keep you turning the pages!
Far more than a drug-related mystery, the subplot delves into the role of a nurse practioner in a prison setting.