A reckoning in the back country A Samuel Craddock mystery

Terry Shames

Book - 2018

"When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the... appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law"--

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Shames, Terry. Samuel Craddock mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books 2018.
Language
English
Physical Description
283 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781633883673
1633883671
Main Author
Terry Shames (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dr. Lewis Wilkins is dead before the novel begins. No great loss. His colleagues thought him difficult, his neighbors found him superior, his family has no trouble keeping grief under control. Still, shrugs series hero Samuel Craddock, police chief of tiny Jarrett Creek, Texas, Wilkins' murder must be investigated. The amiable Craddock, middle-aged and decidedly unflashy, goes about his investigation in a manner series fans know and love: he just talks to people, confident that the answers lie in the web of small-town relationships. But not this time. The doctor was a not-one-of-us kind of guy, forcing Craddock to pry. As he moves through interviews—and through many cinnamon rolls and pimento sandwiches—he uncovers a disturbing level of violence lurking beneath the small-town exterior, along with some high-stakes desperation gambling. Craddock is aided by a pup he rescued from the murder scene and who accompanies him from squad car to office to interview. The little guy's job—he does it well—is to soften the edges of a surprisingly brutal yet expertly told tale. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

With one officer visiting family, and another out sick, Chief Samuel Craddock of Jarrett Creek, TX, catches most of the calls over Thanksgiving, including one about a missing husband. Dr. Lewis Wilkins has been gone for more than a day when two young boys stumble across a body in the woods that appears to have been attacked by dogs. As Craddock questions neighbors and local residents, two stories emerge. There are rumors of dog fights in the area, and pet dogs have disappeared. There are odd stories about the victim as well. He lost a malpractice suit and his practice, and he's a heavy gambler. Who could have wanted him dead? VERDICT Macavity Award-winning author Shames's (A Killing at Cotton Hill) riveting mystery is as issues-oriented as others in the series; his lawman protagonist is believable and realistic, and the strong sense of place should appeal to fans of Bill Crider's mysteries.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Shames's enjoyable seventh Samuel Craddock mystery (after 2017's An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock), the Jarrett Creek, Tex., police chief investigates the killing of Lewis Wilkins, a San Antonio doctor who owns a local vacation home. When area pets begin to disappear and Craddock discovers evidence that Wilkins's death was murder by canine, he suspects the existence of a dogfighting ring, but a ruinous lawsuit, a troubled family, and the deceased's habit of cheating at high-stakes gambling provide alternate motives for the doctor's death. Meanwhile, Craddock's personal life grows complicated when Thanksgiving festivities bring a reunion between his romantic interest, Ellen Forester, and her ex-husband and a charming new woman into the police chief's life. Craddock's discovery of an abandoned puppy offers readers insight into his softer side. Readers new to the series will find themselves quickly at home in Jarrett Creek. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Jan.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The police chief investigates a suspected dog fighting ring after a local doctor is viciously attacked by dogs and several pets go missing in the latest addition to the series following An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

While investigating the violent death of a visiting physician, acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects it is connected to the operation of an illegal dog ring and discovers that the physician had a suspicious connection to several local criminals.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods. When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, since lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock’s focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods. When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, since lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law.