Howard Swindle, news editor for the Dallas Morning News, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and an Edgar Award nominee. Jitter Joint is a stunning novel of suspense which showcases his razor-sharp talent for creating character and mood. Dallas homicide detective Jeb Quinlin has hit the end of booze boulevard. To keep his job, he must check into a residential treatment clinic. Jeb's road to recovery is jolted, however, when two murders occur in the facility.
Swindle's flair for edgy suspense is sharply defined in this successor, which challenges Dallas homicide detective Jeb Quinlin with a perplexing and far-reaching case. Newspaper reporter Richard Carlisle is not liked or admired by his colleagues. When his body is discovered by the side of a road, no one sheds any tears. What the autopsy report reveals, however, catches Detective Quinlin's attention. Instead of a bullet or knife, the unlucky reporter was murdered by an injection of snake venom.