The Devil's Country

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Apr. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781503941908. pap. $15.95. M
Tiny Piedra Springs is former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines's destination for the sole reason that it seems like a place to lie low and heal. His family is dead, and the last thing Arlo wants is to solve crimes. But trouble finds him when a woman he only recently met is killed and her children vanish. Worse yet, the murder and abduction eerily mirror what happened to his own wife and children. Not only does Arlo become the prime suspect, but the local police question whether the missing offspring even exist. Small towns are known to hold secrets, and Arlo, despite his insistence that he's retired from the lawman's life, knows it's up to him to investigate, to clear both the case and his conscience.
VERDICT Despite a somewhat predictable setup, Hunsicker's latest (The Grid) introduces a sympathetic hero who struggles with his own demons as much as he strives to solve the crime at hand.

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