Red River Mystery

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572 ratings

The Rock Hole Publisher's Summary

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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Rock Hole

    • A Red River Mystery
    • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,545

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Must Read

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-16

    Regular price: $18.87

  • Book 2

    • Burrows

    • A Red River Mystery
    • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280

    Lyndon B. Johnson is president, Beatlemania is in overdrive, and gasoline costs 30 cents a gallon when Ned Parker retires as constable in Center Springs, Texas. But his plan to live a quiet life as a cotton farmer is torpedoed. A phone call leads Ned to a body in the Red River and into the urgent investigation headed by his nephew, the newly elected constable Cody Parker. Together they work to head off a multistate killing spree that sets northeast Texas on fire.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Claustophobics Need Not Apply

    • By Livia on 09-15-13

    Regular price: $18.87

  • Book 3

    • The Right Side of Wrong

    • A Red River Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    In 1965 Constable Cody Parker’s frightening dreams of gathering storm clouds for the tight-knit Parker family from Center Springs, Texas, proved accurate. Cody is ambushed and nearly killed on a lonely country road during an unusually heavy snowfall. With that attack, the locals fear that a disturbed murderer "the Skinner" has returned to their community. While his nephew recovers, Constable Ned Parker struggles to connect a seemingly unrelated series of murders.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly entertaining thriller of a yarn!!!

    • By Byron on 07-06-13

    Regular price: $18.87

  • Book 4

    • Vengeance Is Mine

    • A Red River Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138

    In October of 1967, the Summer of Love is history, rock and roll is dark and revolutionary, and people in the small east Texas community of Center Springs simply want to live their lives as quietly as possible. But a handsome darkness in the form of Las Vegas gangster Anthony Agrioli has left the business to hide out in their tiny backwater settlement with his blond bombshell girlfriend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery and adventure in 1960's Texas

    • By Byron on 09-04-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 5

    • Dark Places

    • A Red River Mystery
    • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    At the tail end of 1967, the Parker family once again finds it impossible to hide from a world spinning out of control. Fourteen-year-old Top still can't fit in with their Center Springs, Texas, community, and his near-twin cousin, Pepper, does the only thing she can conceive to escape her own demons: she joins the Flower Children flocking to California - just as three businessmen are murdered in the Red River bottoms on the same night as a deadly hit and run.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Dark Side of the 60's

    • By Thomas Miller on 07-05-16

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 6

    • Unraveled

    • The Red River Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 95

    Fourteen-year-old Top Parker, who lives with his grandparents, Constable Ned Parker and Miss Becky, in a little farmhouse near the Red River, is caught up in another adult situation sparked by a mysterious fatal car accident involving the white mayor of Chisum and his black female assistant. Questions and accusations arise about their relationship as the families wreak vengeance on each other. But what is the significance of a man calling himself the Wraith, who moves through the region at will, invading homes and watching the Parkers?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Story.

    • By Matt on 07-22-17

    Regular price: $24.47