Spring bursts into bloom-and a whole lot more-as murder-by-arrow rattles Benteen County, Kansas.
Nothing ever happens in Benteen County, Kansas. Then, on a perfect spring morning, a member of the reality TV program filming in a local pasture dies with a Cheyenne arrow in his back. Sheriff English’s brother, Mad Dog, the county oddball whose Amerind heritage has produced a born-again Cheyenne, is a prime suspect. Murder is a bad way to start the day. Explosive action follows. Notes left for authorities hint at a terrorist assault on the heartland.
If the sheriff, known as Englishman, doesn’t have enough to worry about, his wife has begun acting strangely. She insists he fly off on a Paris holiday with her before sunset - or else. As Mad Dog swings between suspect and target, he encounters his long-lost high school sweetheart, and a secret that just may explain the unlikely mix of arrows and bombs. It’s Murphy’s Law squared, as Mad Dog and his pet wolf, Hailey, test a shaman’s powers, and Englishman struggles to balance his duties to family and community-enough to drive anyone Plains Crazy.J.M. Hayes was born and raised on the flat earth of central Kansas where Mad Dog & Englishman (Hc 1-890208-49-3, Pbk 1-890208-74-4), Prairie Gothic (Hc 1-59058-050-8, ibooks Pbk 0-7434-7907-6), and Plains Crazy take place. He graduated from Wichita State University and did another three years of post graduate work at the University of Arizona. He shares a home in Tucson, AZ with his wife, two computers, four thousand or so books, two German Shepherds, and a Scottish “Terror”.