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Bone Dry

A Blanco County, Texas, Novel, Book 2
Narrated by: Jordan Murphy
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award-nominated author Ben Rehder's Blanco County comic mysteries have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream. The novels have been optioned by Warner Brothers Horizon Scripted Television for development as a cable TV series.

Life can get a little wild from time to time for John Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas - but few incidents compare to the stories flying around town at the start of this new deer season. Hunters are reporting an incredible sight: A six-foot-tall, drop-dead gorgeous blonde is roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with guns and disarming them with powers of seduction the likes of which none of them have ever come across before. Everyone has a hearty laugh at the expense of a few embarrassed hunters, until one of their own turns up dead in the woods. Now Marlin has a real mystery to deal with.

Meanwhile, rumors are spreading about a new Blanco resident, an ex-New Yorker named Sal Mameli who's ruffling feathers with his loud mouth and his penchant for getting his own way, no matter what the cost. Before long, John Marlin realizes he may be the only sane man in town, and he's starting to wonder if he can last much longer himself.

It's just the start of another unforgettable hunting season in Bone Dry, the hilarious second novel from Edgar finalist Ben Rehder.

©2003 Ben Rehder (P)2012 Ben Rehder

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A Wild Few Days in Blanco County

This book almost lost a star because of a few scenes in the book - one of which was a takeoff of a famous scene from The Godfather. There was a lot going on in Blanco County - hunters being harassed, people getting killed, explosions, sheriff deputy being held hostage, romance - just to name a few at the beginning of this year's deer season, so much in fact that the game warden got pulled into helping the police figure out what's going on. Besides those few scenes I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to listening to another one.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-16-19

Everything's bigger in Texas, honey.

Author Ben Rehder casts a humerous eye over the red neck population of Blanco County. Three years before, the unsuspecting area became host to a New Jersey gangster and his family in the witness protection system. Whilst the newly renamed Sal had dreams of escape to a luxurious island life of sun, sand and luscious ladies, teenaged son Vinnie had his own fantasies of gangsterhood and making his dad proud. The area was dry and a prosperous business of brush clearance was underway, giving Sal the idea of how to raise the money he needed to make good on his hopes for that comfortable peaceful life in his latter years. Then a body is found, a suspect arrested, an elderly local businessman goes missing and a couple move into Blanco County with ideas very different from those of the locals.

With a host of characters to be introduced to the reader at the beginning, the start is slow despite the interesting way in which they are presented, but once underway the story is fun, fast moving and the protagonists take on a full life of their own - these people, with all their foibles and eccentricities, fears, schemes and hopes for their futures, become very real, their world lingering in the reader's head long after the book is finished. Narration by Jordan Murphy is also good, with personalized voicing for each of the numerous individuals and a quick delivery throughout.

My thanks to the rights holder of Bone Dry, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. The second in a longish series, it stands completely alone and, for me, personally, has been a good discovery. I enjoyed the quirky characters, their interactions and environment so different from my own, the way in which the author progressed the story and the murder mysteries themselves. A little bit bloody, a smidgen of sex, all worked together to build a rich picture. This is a series to which I will definitely return.