Crawford County, Texas, hadn’t had a deliberate homicide in 80 years, and Sheriff Charles Matthews liked
that statistic just fine, particularly since his department wasn’t generously endowed with manpower. He had one deputy who took pride in how far he could spit tobacco and another one who couldn’t tell his
backside from his elbow. Neither of these deputies bothered Crawford County because folks understood them. They didn’t altogether understand Charles Matthews. It wasn’t his law degree- lots of folks had law
degrees and were still respectable-and it wasn’t the fact he was from Dallas. It wasn’t even because he never told anybody why he left Dallas. It was because Charles had no nickname in an area where nicknames were
as common as sagebrush. Still, Crawford County took Charles at face value as a good man until he proved otherwise. When Billy Joe Williams was murdered on a lonely county road, Charles knew that someone else counted on being taken at face value.
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This intro to Sheriff Charles Matthews and his deputies, trying to solve some horrible murders was really good. The Sheriff is a surprisingly emotional guy, both tough and romantic and very human. He expects a lot of himself and his stomach suffers as a result. I liked how he got Miss Poole on his side. I also like the story set in the '80s, since I well remember life before cell phones, computers everywhere and DNA testing. And having the story in a small town where everyone knows everyone else or at least knows of them, makes it more tense with suspicion cast on friends and colleagues, with all the corruption and betrayals close at hand. I wish I had read this first book before one further in the series. Looking forward to the next one in order. I think these characters would make a great TV show.