Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods.
When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, since lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local.
Craddock’s focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy.
Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law.
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About the Author
Terry Shames is the author of A Killing at Cotton Hill, The Last Death of Jack Harbin, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake, and An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, the first six Samuel Craddock mysteries. She is the coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great book
A relatively new resident, a neurologist from San Antonio, is vacationing in Jarret Creek, Texas, with his wife. They are intending to become permanent residents but suddenly he is reported missing by his wife. While she seems upset about this disappearance, Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock senses something not quite right in her nervous appearance and shifty looks. All of this is aggravated when her husband’s dead body is found. He has been gruesomely mutilated by what looks like an animal attack. The plot centers around dog fighting, a “sport” this reviewer is not familiar with. Readers will learn more than they want to about how these fights are organized, the training involved, the role of other dogs as what one can only call “bait.” One also finds out that the murdered victim was running away from the shame of a malpractice case and has an addiction of gambling that’s far beyond wagers other gamblers are willing to accept. The investigation itself involves Craddock interviewing people who knew the doctor and people who know about the rumors of dog fights. While there’s a bit much of repetitive questions, Craddock keeps the investigation moving with some characters being threatened and others being attacked as the conclusion draws near. Craddock finds that the victim owned a boat; but when he hires someone to look for the missing boat, nothing is found. Why did the marina owner fail to conduct the search Craddock asked for? Add to the mix a very slowly moving romance that is a nice counter-balance to the intensity of the crime and its perpetrators. The Craddock mysteries have just enough tension to keep the reader interested, without being overbearing. Nicely done, again, Terry Shames!