Death in the Holler

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Kentucky Game Warden Luke Ryder is an alcoholic, and his boss intends to fire him. On the first day of muzzle-loader hunting season someone shoots a Latino man dead on a farm's food plot. Why did the murdered man, a Louisville gangster, come to the remote holler? Who slew him? County Sheriff Jim Pike, Ryder's only friend, asks him to help find the answers. More

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About John G. Bluck

John G. Bluck retired from NASA as a public affairs officer. Previously, he was the Chief of Imaging Technology at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Before that, he worked at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, where he produced numerous NASA documentaries for television. Earlier in his career he was a broadcast engineer for the ABC radio network at WMAL-AM/FM, Washington, DC. At WMAL-TV (now WJLA-TV), in Washington he was a news film cameraman who covered local news, crime, sports, and politics including Watergate. In 1976 he was named the National Press Photographer Association runner-up cameraman of the year in the Northeast. In addition, he was a member of the White House News Photographers’ Association. During the Vietnam War he was an Army journalist at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

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Eloise Hamann reviewed on June 17, 2020

Excellent plot!
Readers expect certain things from mystery novels, and this one delivers—a murder, multiple suspects, fights with shady characters, keeping the reader guessing, and an exciting ending. The protagonist struggles with alcoholism and can’t seem to stay out of ordinary bar battles. As a result, his career depends on him redeeming himself by solving the murder and getting sober.
The author’s well-written descriptions put the reader In the setting of rural Kentucky as well as poorer parts of Louisville. The female characters are not as well fleshed out as male characters. Sometimes the women in the novel behave like women in a horny man’s dream. At times, the dialogue is over-explanatory, but overall well written—great action scenes.
If you like gritty mysteries, I wholeheartedly recommend this mystery novel.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

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