Shifty's boys A Mick Hardin novel

Chris Offutt, 1958-

Book - 2022

"Mick Hardin is an Army CID officer home on leave, recovering from an IED attack and flirting with prescription painkillers, when a body is found in the center of town. It's Barney Kissick, the local heroin dealer, and the city police see it as an occupational hazard. But when Barney's mother, Shifty, asks Mick to take a look, it seems there's more to the killing than it seems. Mick should be rehabbing his leg, signing his divorce papers, and getting out of town--and most of ...all, staying out of the way of his sister's reelection as Sheriff--but he keeps on looking, and suddenly he's getting shot at himself."--

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Series
Mick Hardin ; 2
Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic 2022.
Edition
First edition. First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
262 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
0802159982
9780802159984
Main Author
Chris Offutt, 1958- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Mick Hardin is still at home in the Kentucky hills, on leave from the army and nursing a shattered leg. As in The Killing Hills (2021), he finds himself obligated to deal with a mess driven by killing for vengeance, the plague of the hill people. This time it's Shifty Kissick, matriarch of a drug-dealing family that includes three sons, who comes calling, looking for the murderer of her son Barney. Mick reluctantly agrees to poke around—Shifty may be the local Ma Barker, but there's a heart beating somewhere beneath the shotgun she habitually holds at her chest. Then another of Shifty's brood, Mason, is found dead, raising the ante dramatically (Graveyard dirt ain't even tamped down yet, Shifty says, and I got to dig another hole.). When Shifty's remaining son, gay marine Raymond, who, like Mick, escaped the confining life of the Hills in search of personal freedom, arrives in Kentucky to help his mother, the two outsiders team up, tracking the killers to an abandoned mushroom farm now being used to stash toxic materials. The stage is set for a firefight, with Mick and Raymond keeping Mick's country-sheriff sister well out of the loop. This is country noir at its most powerful, combining cracking action with crystalline portraits of rough-hewn but savvy characters tragically forced to become retribution killers to stop yet another cycle of violence. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

On-leave army officer Mick Hardin is battling pain from an IED attack, the lure of prescription painkillers, and the trauma of an impending divorce when local heroin dealer Barney Kissick is found dead in the heart of town. When he investigates for Barney's distraught mother, he gets shot at himself. From a Granta Best of Young American Novelists honoree; following the LJ-starred The Killing Hills. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

While his sister Linda campaigns for sheriff, Army CID agent Mick Hardin mopes around her house as he recovers from an IED attack. He hasn't yet signed his divorce papers; he's taking too much Percocet, and he's bored. When Shifty Kissick sends for him, he's willing to meet with her. Her son, Barney, the local heroin dealer, was found murdered, and Shifty says the police don't care to investigate the death of a dealer. She asks Mick to do so, knowing he doesn't care that Barney dealt drugs. Mick's from the hills of eastern Kentucky, and he understands the people and the importance of family. When Shifty loses another son, she admits she might have sent him to his death. One more death makes it personal for Mick. If he can stay out of his sister's way, he might be able to help a grieving family before he has to return to duty. VERDICT Offutt follows the beautifully written The Killing Hills with another dark mystery featuring Mick Hardin. Fans of the author's poetic writing, with moments of sly humor, will welcome this second compelling story of family, community, and grief.—Lesa Holstine Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Offutt's strong sequel to 2021's The Killing Hills finds Army CID officer Mick Hardin back home in rural eastern Kentucky recuperating from an IED attack overseas when he's hired by local matriarch Shifty Kissick to look into the murder of her drug dealer son, Barney, whose body was found behind an auto parts store. With a keen eye and easy rapport with the town's seedier characters and members of law enforcement, Mick finds his way into the thick of a conspiracy larger than a heroin deal gone bad. Meanwhile, Mick's sister, Sheriff Linda Hardin, is running for reelection and has to carefully navigate the freewheeling if nevertheless effective methods of Mick's investigation in order to keep her nose clean. Mick's pending divorce with his estranged wife back in Germany adds some depth to his character, but the emotional stakes often feel like an afterthought. Readers will appreciate the novel's respectful portrayal of the contemporary South as they ride along with Mick on his fair-minded, almost spiritual quest to root out the truth. Fans of contemporary small-town mysteries will look forward to Offut's next. Agent: Nicole Aragi, Aragi Agency. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"CID officer-turned-small-town-investigator Mick Hardin is up against unforeseen forces who will stop at nothing in this vividly atmospheric thriller from acclaimed literary crime novelist Chris Offutt. A literary master across genres, award-winning author Chris Offutt's latest book, Shifty's Boys, is a compelling, propulsive thriller of murder and mayhem in the hills of eastern Kentucky. Mick Hardin is an Army CID officer home on leave, recovering from an IED attack, when a body is found in the center of town. It's Barney Kissick, the local heroin dealer, and the city police see it as an occupational hazard. But when Barney's mother, Shifty, asks Mick to take a look, it seems there's more to the killing than it seems. Mick should be rehabbing his leg, signing his divorce papers, and getting out of town-and most of all, staying out of the way of his sister Linda's reelection as Sheriff-but he keeps on looking, and suddenly he's getting shot at himself. A dark, pacy crime novel about grief and revenge, and the surprises hidden below the surface, Shifty's Boys is a tour de force that confirms Chris Offutt's Mick Hardin as one of the most appealing new investigators in fiction"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When he is asked by the mother of a recently deceased heroin dealer to look into her son’s case, Army-CID-officer/unofficial PI Mick Hardin is pitted against his sister, the local sheriff, and drawn into a dark underworld where unseen forces will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Army-CID-officer-cum-unofficial-PI Mick Hardin is up against unforeseen forces who will stop at nothing in this vividly atmospheric thriller from acclaimed novelist Chris Offutt.Chris Offutt isa literary master across genres, and his most recent novel THE KILLING HILLSwas one of his most successful, earning him a new audience and earningpraise from the likes of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,and Crime Reads. His latest book, Shifty’sBoys, is a compelling, propulsive thriller of murder and mayhem in thehills of eastern Kentucky.Mick Hardin is home on leave,recovering from an IED attack, when a body is found in the center of town. It’sBarney Kissick, the local heroin dealer, and the city police see it as anoccupational hazard. But when Barney’s mother, Shifty, asks Mick to take alook, it seems there’s more to the killing than it seems. Mick should berehabbing his leg, signing his divorce papers, and getting out of town—and mostof all, staying out of the way of his sister Linda’s reelection as Sheriff—buthe keeps on looking, and suddenly he’s getting shot at himself.A dark, pacy crime novel aboutgrief and revenge, and the surprises hidden below the surface, Shifty’s Boysis a tour de force that confirms Chris Offutt’s Mick Hardin as one of themost appealing new investigators in fiction.