From 1871 to 1873 a series of murders committed by a family who called themselves the Benders took place in Kansas. The father, mother, son and daughter took in weary travelers and offered a warm bed to sleep for the night, but dinnertime brought more than a hot meal to the unsuspecting guests. Skulls were caved in, throats were slit. Anything of value was stolen and later sold. Their bodies were buried in shallow graves beyond the farmhouse.
In modern day Coffeyville, Kansas a fussy ex-police detective turned investigator is sent to determine the identity of a certain inn keeper and finds himself wondering if history is about to repeat itself in a very personal way, more meaningful to him than he could ever have imagined, particularly when he finds himself falling for the most maddening woman he's ever met.
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This storyline has lots of potential for greatness. The connections between this and Psycho are extremely clever and provide for a good deal of fun, but this book really needs a great deal more work in several areas and isn't ready for publication yet. Readers do not have the same insight into the action of the story as the author does. The good writer realizes that and makes connections for the reader very carefully. The good writer also spends more time making connections between important characters. This novella does not do that...giving me a painful case of whiplash for every time I got pulled up short by the forward action and thought, "Where in the heck did that come from??" This needs to be rewritten and developed more carefully. Green Lake by same author is a good example of what Epperson can do and how much potential he/she has as a writer, but unfortunately I don't see it in Dogstar. Nevertheless, this has the making of a great book if the execution errors can be overcome!
Kinda confusing. Went too fast w the story