Vietnam vet and former pro football player Wyatt Storme is bow-hunting in Missouri when he stumbles upon a hidden field of marijuana...and is attacked by a vicious dog and shot at by a sniper. He reports violent incident confidentially to the local Sheriff...who is murdered the next day. Storme believes there's a connection and starts asking questions, unraveling a deadly conspiracy of corruption, drug-trafficking and organized crime... and making himself someone that just about everybody wants dead.
The first novel in W.L. Ripley's acclaimed Wyatt Storme series.
PRAISE FOR "HAIL STORME"
"Cadenced prose, an Ozarks setting, a football-star drop-out hero" and a small-town, drug-related plot add up to a most interesting debut. Tough guy Wyatt Storme, with few sleuthlike qualifications other than athletic principle, divides his time between Colorado and Paradise, Missouri. Having reported the existence of a marijuana field to the local sheriff, Wyatt further involves himself in local affairs when someone then murders the sheriff. A dry-witted bounty hunter, a pea-brained sheriff's deputy, Paradise thugs, and various federal agents make for lively, if not unexpected, adventure. An undeniable treat" Library Journal
"Here's one for the boys who like to kick butt. As much joyful bashing as it is 'Red Harvest' on uppers, though completely innocent of Hammett's dark vision. Fighting the good fight has seldom been so much atavistic fun!" Kirkus Reviews
"Storme is one of my all-time favorite series characters, up there with Spenser and Dave Robicheaux," Ace Atkins, NY Times bestselling author of "Robert B. Parker's Kickback."
Originally published under the title "Dreamsicle"
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I had a hard time putting this book down after the first few pages. The book starts out with a vivid description of Wyatt Storme’s hunting trip. I almost didn’t keep reading the description was so real. But I’m glad I did. After the first few pages, the book took on a give and take between the main characters, Wyatt, and a bounty hunter, Chick. It reminded me of the relaxed way two good friends might carry on with each other. The story involved a marijuana field, a person in witness protection, a sheriff, a reporter, a secretary and a chemist on the run. The story was set in Missouri and since I live in that state, it was very realistic to me. Wyatt, an ex-pro football player, just wants to forget his time in football and his military service. He loves to hunt and wants to get his gal back. He promises a good friend to give Chick a ride to Colorado. Before he gets that far, Wyatt and Chick become involved with some unsavory business in Missouri. Wyatt can’t leave it alone and Chick backs him up. If you like trying to figure out who everyone REALLY is in a book and solve a mystery at the same time, this is the book that will give you both.