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Publisher's Summary

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, where law enforcement is usually pretty mundane: tracking down truants running away from school, picking up country boys who've had a few too many beers. But Tully gets a little more than the country norm when an ex-con calls with the startling news that there's a corpse draped across one of his fences. Tully needed a birthday present for his Pap (the retired sheriff) anyway, so the two of them head out to investigate the murder. In a tone that's one minute wise-cracking and the next...well, still wise-cracking...Tully and Pap use their wiles to figure out what's happening in this little and not-so-dull town.
©2006 Patrick F. McManus; (P)2006 The Audio Partners

Critic Reviews

"A brisk, hilarious smalltown cop mystery." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Cora
  • Central Square, NY, USA
  • 05-27-10

great read

Didn't know what to expect but loved it. All the characters, all the fun, and no explicit language to worry about. Would love to see more 'Blight' books.

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  • Jodee
  • Bloomingdale, MI, USA
  • 04-10-10

Let's hear some more

I downloaded this to share with elderly friends, but I listened to it as well. This is different from McManus' usual fare but you can feel his presence. (Ha Ha - particularly his description of people's clothing, not really fashion-forward, but endearingly appropriate for those familiar with the author.)
The story is fun and clever, and the narrator is very fine.

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Adventure, characters, and fun

Patrick McManus book uses his knowledge of Idaho to draw you into this adventure and mystery. I really enjoyed the discriptions of the parts of Idaho that I have visited and characters who live in these communities. This is a great mystery with a lot of fun attached. The conversations fit the community he is writing about. Giving you a good idea of how things work in a small town. Living in a small community I could relate to many aspects of small town life. Well worth the price and time.

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The Blight Way

Between the writing and the narration, Patrick F. McManus and Charles Leggett have a wonderful working partnership. The story has some great mystery, some exciting adventure and some wonderful dry humor that is like putting the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae! You can't help but fall in love with all the characters in the book, especially since Mr. Leggett brings so much personality to the individuals with his wonderful vocal interpretations. I knew Mr. McManus was a good writer, I didn't realize he is a great writer. I would encourage anyone who would just like a comfortable, not overly stressful story to get ahold of this one...just for the enjoyment.
One more comment, rather than a lot of foul language and swearing, Mr. McManus has taken care of that with references to the words, without having to use them, and with a good dose of humor to boot.

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What a Delight!

Fine writing, great reading! Who could ask for more? It is hard to find that combination and humor to boot. Loved it.