A Long December

A Long December

by Donald Harstad


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A Long December by Donald Harstad

The people of Nation County, Iowa-a heartland town straight out of a Coen Brothers movie or a John Cougar Mellencamp song-practice a unique brand of American stoicism. You betcha. And they rely upon their public servants to shield them from the horrors of the outside world. Carl Houseman, deputy sheriff of the 750-square-mile county, dedicates his life to keeping his citizenry so secure that you can leave the door unlocked at home and walk his streets with a big hello and a smile to every stranger. On Houseman's watch, the mounting terrors of the new world order stay far away.

But December 2001 could change all of that. Outsiders are everywhere. The meat plant is now kosher and there are more Jewish fellows per capita than any other place in the country. Hispanic and other foreign workers, with dubious immigration papers, have taken jobs from the locals. Eighteen other languages are now spoken within the tiny region, and Carl and company can't speak a single one.

Then the eighty-odd-year-old Heinman brothers' call comes in from their farm down in Frog Hollow. They've witnessed an execution-style killing not one hundred yards from their pig feeders. The victim's awful dead and half his head's been blown off. The boys haven't seen nothing like it since Normandy. When Carl gets to the scene, he believes them.

What follows is a masterful police procedural thriller-think Joe Wambaugh crossed with Fargo-written with a singular and authentic voice that has electrified readers around the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781590710401
Publisher: Rugged Land, LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2005
Series: Carl Houseman Series , #5
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.87(d)

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A Long December 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any of his books can be read as stand-alone books, but you will get a more fulfilling read if you read them sequentially. After reading the first book, "Eleven Days", I was hooked, and I immediately ordered the rest of his books. From the moment you start reading them, you are drawn into his books. Mr. Harstad's law enforcement background makes everything feel and sound immediate and real. Right from the start, the characters feel like real people. The stories are interesting and the pacing is excellent.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
AS usual Donald Harstad has delivered a good solid police read. He includes the slow as well as the fast times. If you don't have a sense of humor about the job you will be out pretty darn fast. Only objection was the size of the print made the book a slower read for the over 50 reader. Still worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an Iowan, I really appreciate the characters, the folksy dialogue and the small-town trivia. As a mystery buff, I love all the details of this police procedural. Harstad just gets better and better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have followed the series that Harstad has started and continued you'll be more than surprised that once again you are drawn into the humor and drama that only he has mastered for law enforcement fiction. It starts out as a normal day, and like with real law enforcement, goes down hill from there. There is no way that I can described this work except as GREAT. Having just retired after 30 years in the Winona County Sheriffs Office, just a 100 or so miles north of Nation County, I understand all to well that if the day goes to heck, a humorous attitude will help. To explain the story and the characters Harstads latest workk would just ruin a GREAT read. If you like law enforcement fiction this is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A big disappointment. I have enjoyed all of Mr. Harstad's previous books, but after 180 pages of this one I put it down. I doubt I will pick it up again, unless there is simply nothing else to read. The book is slow, and goes nowhere.