The Secrets of Clayton County: A Novel

The Secrets of Clayton County: A Novel

by Don Wooldridge

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The Secrets of Clayton County: A Novel by Don Wooldridge

Have you ever bartered products or services? What would you say if someone exchanged Indian pottery for their accountant's tax services? Is that bartering? Can they be taxed?

Well, they can. And that's why IRS examiner Sarah Hunter descends upon a small river town in Iowa, like a fox in a hen house, to investigate potential tax resisters who barter.

Her mission is clear. Get the government's money. But is the big government machine right? Or, do these small town neighbors have the key to survival?

As the lovely Sarah Hunter pursues the truth, she must deal with the man she left waiting in Chicago. Then there are the men in Clayton. The one who saved her life, another who stoked her passion, and a third who gave her a precious gift, meant for another woman.

How do these experiences affect her work and her decisions, as she discovers secrets within the community even its resident's don't know? Only one man, hidden in the shadows, holds the clue.

How will her decisions affect the man who loves her, and her ability to keep the secret he shared with her?

Will the government use her to destroy his friends and the community?

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ISBN-13: 9781624881756
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 291
File size: 478 KB

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The Secrets of Clayton County: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RonaldTobin More than 1 year ago
This book started off in my eyes with a deck stacked against it. The heroine of the novel is an IRS agent, and I rarely read romances. However, the back blurb promised an interesting tale of small town life in the 1980s and the alleged barter 'scandals' that went down during that time. So I decided to give the book a try. This is a good story and a fast read. IRS agent Sarah Hunter is someone I could believe actually existed. The owner of Wilma's Diner was a great character, but Weird Warren was awesome. It was amusing to see Sarah try and conduct her investigation into bartering while the townspeople essentially made her join them in their daily activities. Sarah's boyfriend in Chicago ended up being shown up as a real jerk. It was believable how Sarah changed and fell in love with Kent and the town itself, coming to what I saw to be a fitting conclusion. Now for what I found distracting. Sarah informed the people she was investigating no less than five times what bartering was and how it could generate taxable income. This really only needed to be done once, and in fact this could have been handled in a prologue. There were a couple typos that did jar me briefly out of the story. To Woolridge's credit I was able to get right back in. This is truly an enjoyable quick read that even folks like myself who don't usually read romances can enjoy