It’s a whole other country out there.
In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.
Ned combines forces with John Washington, a well-known black deputy sheriff from nearby Paris, Texas, to track down a disturbed individual who has become a threat to their small community.
As the case takes a dizzying series of twists and brings forth eccentric characters as well as several dead ends, Ned’s cranky friend, Judge O. C. Rains, is forced to contact the FBI. Then, sinister warnings that his family has been targeted by the killer lead Ned to the startling discovery that he knows the murderer very well. After the failed abduction of his precocious grandchildren, Top and Pepper, the old lawman becomes judge and jury to end what has become a murder spree in the Red River bottomlands. And it signals the end of an era in Center Springs.
In bald-headed, pot-bellied Ned Parker, Wortham has created an authentic American hero reminiscent of the best heroes and antiheroes in a story that blends country humor with heart-pounding suspense and ends with a stunning climax that may well shock our civilized sensibilities.
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
©2011 Reavis Z. Wortham (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This novel is like a time machine. Taking the listener back to the early sixties, clearly an important and loving time for the author. Yes, it is a work of fiction but, Reavis Wortham wrote a novel that is so delousicly descriptive and a absolute delight to listen too that it's virtually impossible to turn off. The Rock Hole is, in my opinion, one of the best novels I've listen too in a very long time. An absolutely superb narrator only adds to the enjoyment of this novel. Told from the perspective of both an innocent 10 year old child and through the wise old eyes of his seventy year old grandfather/guardian, I felt like I was bringing transported back in time. I laughed , and shed a tear or two for both T.O.P, the young boys nickname and for Mr Ned his grandfather. This novel wraps you up and takes you along on a simple and a fantastic journey to the old south. Wortham is so delightfully descriptive within the pages of The Rock Hole that you half expect to find a stray strand of hay struck somewhere in your hair and the smell of manure wafting past your nose.
This is an absolute diamond. I finished listening to it in one day. I was even disappointed when I had to temporarily pause my listening so I could have my evening meal with my small family. LISTEN to THE ROCK HOLE by REAVIS Z. WORTHAM. It is truely a terrific find. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did. SIMPLY WONDERFUL.
The innocences of TOP wins you over and draws you deep into his world as a ten year old moving from the city to the real country. You follow along absorbing his grandfathers advice like you were one of the many wonderful charecters in this novel. However, I know that I'll never hunt quail, shoot wild boar or even come close to a real working farm but, for one split second, as I listened, I thought I just might be able too. That's how good this novel is. THANK MR WORTHAM for writing such a terrific story and THANK YOU MR TRABER BURNS for bringing this story to life. I just can't say enough. THANKS AGAIN!!
Perhaps Thomas Wolfe was wrong; you can go home again. At least for eight and one half hours, the time it takes to listen to this story. No, that is not true, the, through memory and emotion, I have revisited a similar time and place for the past several weeks after completing my listen of this book.
Narrated by anyone other than Traber Burns, it might have just been a good story. Those who listen to books know that narration matters. In the same vein as Robin Sachs narrating Jo Nesbo, Will Patton narrating James Lee Burke, and Heathcote Willimans narrating Dante Alighieri, Traber Burns and Reavis Z. Wortham are a perfect match. I have alredy downloaded Burrows, the next book, and I look forward to it with great anticipation.
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