Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel

Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel

by Clabe Polk


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The Havens, a family with roots growing deep in the muck of Southern mountain bootlegging have progressed from selling illicit corn whiskey through marijuana farming to (in the current generation) methamphetamine production. A set of triplets; Jack, a meth producer and wife of Susan, Jason, another meth producer, who hooks Susan to infuriate Jack, and Jake, a local handyman who creates unholy alliances against Jack and Jason...and a father playing each against the other for his own profit, combine to light a fuse destined to blow the Haven family apart. Two murder investigations; one by Detective Mike Eiser, and one by a detective in a neighboring county, coupled with a DEA clandestine drug lab investigation combine to pressure the Havens.
Susan's in the middle. Is she a victim? Is she a survivor? Or is Susan the flame that ignites the powder keg to blow the Haven family apart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979367165
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2017
Series: Detective Mike Eiser Series , #3
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written four novels, three novellas, several short stories, and has a couple of other novels in process. He is a Christian and a lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences that has led him to write a variety of different types of fiction.
Mr. Polk retired after nearly thirty-seven years in professional environmental protection program management and law enforcement. With a background in biology and natural sciences, he has spent most of his life among the woods, waters, fields, and farms of Florida and Georgia.
He lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family's Cockapoo named Annie.

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Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic Detective Eisner story from the pen of one of the best murder mystery writers of the 21st century. Reading this book, I couldn’t stop playing CDB in my head…Fire on the Mountain, run boys run, the Devil is in the houses of the Haven sons! The story is taut with tension and intrigue while the twists and turns keep the reader guessing. What makes this series such a great read are the superb recurring characters. Poplar Bluff is such a homey place; I can practically taste what Bertie is cooking as the special. Having Angelica there selling real estate while Quinton and Sondra mess about…I have a sense of closeness with these characters who have come and gone throughout this great series. The obvious connection to Breaking Bad can’t be overlooked but this book is more than that. There’s sibling rivalry here that would make Cain and Abel look like buddies. From start to finish a hard to put down page turner that will captivate any reader. I recommend this book to anyone and especially to fans of classic murder mysteries. 5 stars isn’t enough and now I have to read the first two books and look so forward to book 6! My current fave series that to my mind rivals my past love of WEB Griffin’s war series. Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I'd review it. My Rating: 5+ stars
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel is a police procedural mystery novel written by Clabe Polk. While this is not the first novel in the Mike Eiser series, the author gives enough background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone book. The Haven family had been a fixture in Northern Georgia since the 1800s. Justice P. Haven’s production of alcohol was the mainstay of his business, and his corn crop remained the foundation for that business even as one state after the other went dry and enacted temperance laws. His son carried on the family tradition and became a successful bootlegger while still a teen. Justice and Ezekiel adapted to Prohibition by dealing with gangs and less-than-legal drinking establishments throughout those dry years. Their descendants added marijuana cultivation and sales to the family’s business and, later on, some would descend into the labyrinth of methamphetamine cooking and sales. Jake, Jason and Jack Haven were triplets, but they exhibited all the unsavory tendencies to be found in the Haven clan and, worse, their rivalries were bitter and intense. Susan, Jack’s wife, would be manipulated and made addicted to meth by Jason, in his attempt to get back at Jack. Susan’s descent into the world of the Havens ran counter to everything her parents had hoped for her. Now, with Jason unavailable or unwilling to continue giving her the drug, she had to resort to visiting her step-brother, Pete, at the little trailer where he cooked up Jack’s meth. Pete had sexually abused her when they were growing up together, and his price for her fix was predictably awful. When Pete’s body was found by hikers, and his laboratory/trailer torched by an arsonist, Eiser’s task was to identify him and ascertain the circumstances of his killing. Fire on the Mountain is a fast-paced and entertaining novel that features a multi-generational clan currently involved in methamphetamine production and sales. Family interactions are predictably fraught with conflict as personalities differ even within bloodlines, but the Havens are something else entirely. Polk’s plot is well-developed, and his characters, particularly Susan and her mother, Betty, are compelling and authentic. I enjoyed following Eiser and his team as they try to untangle the web of deceit and corruption whirling around the Havens, and had a grand time trying to puzzle out Pete’s murderer. Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel is recommended.