The Grave on Peckerwood Hill

The Grave on Peckerwood Hill

by James Gary Vineyard


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480139831
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

J. G. Vineyard is a fifth-generation Texan. He began a career in law enforcement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as an investigator in the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Department of Public Safety at DFW Airport. He transferred to the Dallas Organized Crime Task Force (Metro Squad) in 1981 and spent nine years working organized auto theft and burglary rings, armed robbery crews, and illegal drug manufacturing. From 1990 until 2007, he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Dallas Field Division's enforcement group focusing on international smuggling and and sophisticated contraband distribution systems. Over the years, he accumulated numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and was an instructor at several area police academies including the Dallas Sheriff's Department, Dallas Police Department, Regional Police Academy in Arlington, Texas, and DEA's training programs. During that time, he also taught courses in international smuggling at the American Airlines academy. He holds a Master Peace Officers certificate and is a graduate of DEA's Drug Unit Commanders Academy in Quantico, Virginia. From the other side of his brain, he has written a full-length comedy stage play called Moby And Dick and a one-act play called Tap The Brakes, Elvis. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and other writing groups.

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The Grave on Peckerwood Hill 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 275 page book is nearly perfect. I enjoyed it more than any book I have read so far this year. The editing is pretty good, there are only a few left out words here and there. There is undetailed sex, some humor, a dab of romance, a great dog, police with intelligence, bravery and a sense of humor. The other characters are realistic and likable. I liked the Texas setting, and I think there is more to the artist than meets the eye. The bad guys are very, very bad. There was a complete conclusion, with all threads tied off, yet the reader is left wanting more. I will be reading more by this author. This book is about a missing person(s) case. It evolves into theft, murder, insanity, mind alterations, child abuse and the mass murders of children and adults. The violence, while it did not make me ill, was cringe worthy and quite gory. There are two or three curse words. A few conversations mentioned religion and religious artifacts in a very general way. This book is not chick lit by any means but woman mystery lovers will enjoy it as much as male readers will. There is no drug use in this book. I really liked Ester, the older woman, her conclusion was bittersweet. This is not a book where you try to figure out who and whydunit, you just read along for the ride and are mesmerized the whole way. For readers 18 and up. AD
DVBerkom More than 1 year ago
Quirky, memorable secondary characters, a protagonist as good as Sandford's Virgil Flowers, and loads of dry humor will take you on a ride you won't easily forget. It's been a long time since I've read a book that kept me up late, but The Grave on Peckerwood Hill's one of them. I especially enjoyed the banter between Eastman and Doc Page, and couldn't get enough of Ester, Brite, Poco and Bad Hair. The culminating scene had me flipping the pages as fast as I could, and as soon as I thought I'd figured out what was wasn't. I sincerely hope the author's working on a sequel.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different but a good difference. Would look for other books by this author D.Ann
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Texas and loved recognizing places in the book. The story kept my attention and the characters were well drawn. Wish they could all be this good.
NinaVM More than 1 year ago
This was a really good story but I lost interest during some of the long winded narratives. Could have been a great book without all the jabbering. Some good strong characters. I enjoyed the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars....well earned. Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I you like personality in your characters, action, a bit of mystery and humor then enjoy Mr. Vineyards book. Would like to see if he develops the character of 'Brite' who he introduces here...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this book 6 stars if I could. Fasinating plot with great characters. LOL funny. Can't wait for his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much. Would read it again :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BOOK REVIEW: The Grave on Peckerwood Hill by James Gary Vineyard Review by Walter Danley – Kindle edition – December 8, 2013 Rated: Five of Five stars This is not a story that you have read before, but one you will think about long after you finish this well-crafted mystery. Fellow author, Donalie Beltran, recommended The Grave on Peckerwood Hill to me and I am so glad she did.  There are few things not to like about Vineyard’s writing style with one exception. The beginning seems to wander – trying to find its direction – before settling into the main story line. In the end, the author does a credible job of wrapping up all the seemingly disparate plot lines. On the other hand, his major characters are well developed and likable, all with a wry sense of humor. The relationship of Eastman and Doc is particularly enjoyable. The author’s background in law enforcement work shows up in the Tom Clancy-like descriptions of police procedures and weapons. The authenticity of his narrative lends confidence in Vineyard’s expertise throughout the novel. The Grave on Peckerwood Hill is a fast read at 440 pages, but enhanced by the need to keep turning pages. You won’t be disappointed in the ending or the way Vineyard leaves open the opportunity for another novel with these characters. This book is an altogether most satisfying five star entertainment. I recommend it to all adults who enjoy a romping good read.