The Last Death of Jack Harbin: A Samuel Craddock Mystery

Seventh St: Prometheus. Jan. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781616148713. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616148720. M
OrangeReviewStarRight at the height of football season, Jarrett Creek, TX, turns out to be a hotbed of crime. Retired police chief Samuel Craddock is asked to investigate the shocking death of disabled (blind and wheelchair-bound) veteran Jack Harbin, right on the heels of Harbin's father's (who was Jack's primary caregiver) sudden death. People want to blame Jack's estranged brother, but Samuel keeps unearthing details that point him elsewhere. Meanwhile, high school football coach Boone Eldridge has been acting strangely, and now he's missing. Boone's wife fears the worst. Then the parallel stories intersect, creating a whoosh of excitement that's guaranteed to keep readers up all night.
VERDICT Shames's sophomore series entry (after A Killing at Cotton Hill) highlights her comfortable storytelling style. The lead's folksy tone belies astute detecting, and the plotting will dazzle readers. Consider for fans of Margaret Maron, Steven Havill, and Bill Crider
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