Where the Hurt Is

Where the Hurt Is

by Chris Kelsey

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ISBN-13: 9781684330713
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 06/21/2018
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 468,583
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Chris Kelsey grew up in Oklahoma, the son of a jazz musician and a school librarian. He's played the saxophone since he was knee-high to an armadillo and made a name for himself playing, teaching, and writing about strange and obtuse forms of modern jazz. Chris currently lives in Dutchess County, NY, with his wife Lisa, son Jasper, and daughter Meret. Where the Hurt Is is his first novel.

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Where the Hurt Is 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Probably one of the best free books that I have read. Mostly mystery story with some love story , comic relief and real life messiness and unfairness thrown in . Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I received this book free from book hub and Barnes and nobles...I selected it with no great expectations. I am pleased to report being very surprised with the book overall...I will purchase other books by this author. The story line is interesting, the dialogue is entertaining and true to the time period and locale. A small town police chief works through the murder of a young prostitute. The Oklahoma redneck attitude and country vernacular are believable and very funny at times. This book presents as a unusual crime being examined by an overwhelmed police department...surprises await and the reveal at the end is not exactly what you might have expected, but is satisfying. If you can obtain this book for free grab it...if you purchase the book it will be worth the expense. Any way you can get it, read it...you will enjoy.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great characters , excellent story. Needs better editing. Editing problems will cause you to pause in the flow of the story. Too bad because the story is well thought out.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Authentic to its time period. Good cast of flawed characters. Strong ending that didn’t need to be wrapped up in a bow. Look forward to more from this author.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A great read, hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Great Book with a Terrific Narrator Chris Kelsey’s Where the Hurt Is catches the reader right from the beginning with the lively, engaging voice of our protagonist, Emmett Kelly. Emmett is chock full of colorful expressions (“Bernard had the same guilty look Dizzy gets when I catch her drinking out of the toilet”) as he investigates the death of a teenage black girl in 1965 Oklahoma. The police chief of a small town, Emmett is confronted with the deeply entrenched prejudices of the community and, more problematically, the money and power of Edgar Bixby. While on the surface, this murder investigation could be a grim, humorless affair, Kelsey develops such rich and amusing characters that the reader simultaneously feels compassion for the victim but hope from those with great integrity who look to get to the truth. In particular, Emmett’s dedicated deputy Bernard and his assistant Karen give the novel a moral compass. Smart and sharp-tongued, Karen is an absolutely wonderful character. Her verbal exchanges with Emmett are particularly high moments in this terrific novel. All along the way, Emmett is constantly incorporating his witty observations (“The room got 50% smarter by them walking out the door”) as he digs deeper toward uncovering disturbing truths. His self-awareness, especially of his faults, gives his amusing ruminations (“I tried to feel sorry for him but I might as well have been watching a rock cry”) and characterizations (“Edgar threw pennies around like tractor tires”) a nice balance. Another of the novel’s many pleasures in the evocation of 1965 Oklahoma. Whether it is the references to the jade green Bakelite radio, the coffee percolator, the battered Underwood Typewriter, or Gomer Pyle, the reader is deeply entrenched in time and place. In fact, the opening viewing of a bit on the Johnny Carson show has a wonderful way of coming back later to provide necessary context to the time of the crime and location of the participants. Simply put, I loved reading Where the Hurt Is. I truly hope this novel will be the beginning of a series since Kelsey’s writing is so good and Emmett is such an engaging narrator that I would be quite happy to encounter both author and narrator again.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book which, as I kept reading, built to a crescendo. Started off a bit slowly but a rather enjoyable murder mystery - good imagery! Never been to Oklahoma but the writer provided enough description..
Anonymous 6 months ago
Characterization well done. A few too many characters that added some confusion for this reader. Small town in rural environment.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Really enjoyed this read. Well developed characters. I want to read more about them. The little mistakes, left out words of text, made me a little crazy!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Excellent twister
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love the kind of books you can't put down. This is one of those. You hate when it ends.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Couldn't put it down. Humor, mystery, great story. Loved the euphamisms!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great story telling while unraveling a murder mystery before all the advancements of technology.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Not enough words.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I didn't pay for this book, but would likely dole out some green backs for the next one. Pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good enough to keep me up to read it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Damn good story. Like to read another