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Briarpatch by Ross Thomas

A long-distance call from a Texas city on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister—it's her birthday, too, they were born exactly ten years apart—has died in a car bomb explosion. It's the chief of police calling—Felicity Dill worked for him; she was a homicide detective. Dill is there that night, the beginning of his dogged search for her killer. What he finds is no surprise to him, because Benjamin Dill is never surprised at what awful things people will do—but it's a real surprise to the reader. As Newsday said when the novel was first published, "One sure thing about Ross Thomas's novels: A reader won't get bored waiting for the action to start."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312290313
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/04/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,299,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Ross Thomas is ranked as one of the very top thriller writers by his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Two Edgar Awards, and other prizes, only complement the abundant praise that Thomas has received.

Thomas died in 1995, and since then all but one of his twenty-five novels have gone out of print. This should never have happened to the man of whom The New Yorker has said, "Very few...are as consistently entertaining...even fewer can match him for style and power." St. Martin's Minotaur is proud to remedy this situation by reissuing Thomas's novels. So start reading, and prepare to join Ross Thomas's legions of admiring fans.

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Briarpatch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never heard of Ross Thomas and picked this up on a lark. Have been trying to find a mystery author that I realllly like. Mr. Thomas fills the bill. Character development, plot, the whole nine yards. Wonderful book. I hesitate to discuss the plot - nonetheless, buy it and enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
We've all had that vacation from hell: it involves stitches, mechanics, and the phrase 'We haven't had this kind of weather around here for years.' In 1984 my wife and I had a 'Holiday' like this. Confined, mechanically and meterologically, to a motel room we walked to the local bookstore. I plucked a hardcover mystery off the shelf by a writer I'd never heard of, 'Briarpatch' by Ross Thomas. It turned out, after all, to be a great vacation. I recently re-read 'Briarpatch' and it more than stands the test of time. It is a dynamic, funny, haunting, and forceful book--which flows effortlessly, seamlessly. Do yourself a favor and read everything Thomas has written. (He also writes under a pseudonym, Oliver Bleeck: also wonderful.) Although I never met him, Ross Thomas inspired and encouraged me as a mystery writer; I used him as a long distance mentor, learning how to make a town or city a character in the book; how to describe architecture; how to make a crime scene more grisly and horrific by describing it simply. Thanks, Ross. Pick up 'Briarpatch' everyone. 50 years from now when people are talking about great mysteries of the late 20th century, it'll be near the top of the list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book on tape while driving to and from work every day. Hated getting to my destination and looked forward to getting in the car again. The characters are well-drawn and the plot keep me wanting more details. Finally, I cared what happened in the story and language is smart -- an intelligent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arguably Thomas' best novel, and a book anyone who enjoys political thrillers will love. Great story, strong characters, superior dialogue -- if you aren't already familiar with Ross Thomas, you will really like this.
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