Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: The Right Side of Wrong by Reavis Z. Wortham

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (July 2 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464201463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464201462

Book Description

Burrows ended as 1965 drew to a close with Constable Cody Parker’s frightening precognition of gathering storm clouds for the tight-knit Parker family from Center Springs, Texas. The dreams proved accurate. Cody is ambushed and nearly killed on a lonely country road during an unusually heavy snowfall. With that attack, the locals begin to worry that The Skinner, from The Rock Hole, has returned.

Constable Ned Parker struggles to connect a seemingly unrelated series of murders as his nephew recovers. As the summer of 1966 approaches, rock and roll evolves to reflect the increasing unrest in this country and the people of northeast Texas wonder why their once peaceful community has suddenly become a dangerous place to live.

Ned’s pre-teen grandchildren, Top and Pepper, are underfoot at every turn. The two lawmen, along with the deputy John Washington, cross paths with many colorful characters originally introduced in Wortham’s acclaimed Red River series: cranky old Judge O.C. Rains, the jittery little farmer Isaac Reader, and the Wilson boys Ty Cobb and Jimmy Foxx.

And then there’s the arrival of the mysterious old man named Tom Bell.

 When Cody follows his main suspect across the Rio Grande and into Mexico, Ned understands that to save his nephew, he will have to cross more than a river, he will have to cross over to the Right Side of Wrong.

Humor, suspense, horror, precognition, and Life in the tumultuous 60s are examined with an unflinching eye by the author of the Red River series.

In the spring of 1966, Constable Ned Parker tries to connect a string of seemingly unrelated murders in the small community of Center Springs, Texas. When Cody Parker tracks their main suspect into Mexico, Ned realizes he’ll have to cross over to the Right Side of Wrong to save him.

About the Author

As a boy, award-winning writer, Reavis Z. Wortham hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for Center Springs.   He is the author of Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café. Humor editor and frequent contributor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine, he writes on everything from fishing to deer hunting. In addition to several other magazines, his work has appeared in American Cowboy and Texas Sporting Journal. A retired educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas.

My Review

I do love this author and this series.  Another excellent story told by a superlative storyteller, Reavis Wortham.  If you haven't read this series yet published through Poisoned Pen Press then you should.

Wortham portrays northern Texas in the 1960s perfectly.  You feel as if you have been transported in time.  And what a great story!  You are so wrapped up in the writing that you forget its a mystery and a crime story.  Top and Pepper are as precocious as ever.  The story travels a little farther afield this time to the Mexican border where crime and corruption are the rule. And who is this mysterious new neighbour Tom Bell?

The action was never ending in the conclusion of the book.  Great read...don't hesitate to pick it up.

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