Synopses & Reviews
Sheriff Bo Tully is the brand of western lawman who uses as much cunning and guile on the ladies as he does solving his cases. Hes a man with a sense of humor and a hunch for the truth, which comes in handy when trying to capture killers and establish order in Blight County.
As the novel opens, Sheriff Tully is following up on one of his famous hunches: he suspects the murder of local retiree Orville Poulson by his ranch caretaker, Ray Crockett, a sociopath with a criminal record. The only problem is, Tully has no evidence or body to prove that a crime has been committed—supposedly Orville is alive and well and cashing his Social Security checks from Spokane.
Meanwhile, a far more alarming case emerges. Three young men have been shot, each in the back of the head, execution style, in a huckleberry patch on Scotchman Mountain, leaving behind no identification. With the help of confident and beautiful FBI agent Angela Phelps, Tully tries to connect the dots between Poulsons disappearance, the sudden spate of murders occurring in Blight County, and a big white pickup truck with dual tires causing havoc and crime. As the few potential leads are either killed off or prove nearly impossible to track down, Tully must follow his instincts to piece together the puzzle of who is doing the killing, and why. His suspicions lead him straight into a haunted swamp, along with Agent Phelps, his womanizing ex-sheriff father, Pap, expert tracker and good friend Dave, and mountain man Poke. A twisty case packed with murder and mystery, The Huckleberry Murders is the most entertaining tale yet in this beloved series.
"In McManus's amusing, folksy fourth Bo Tully mystery (after 2009's The Double-Jack Murders), the 43-year-old Blight County, Idaho, sheriff is headed for his favorite remote spot to pick huckleberries when five frantic women inform him that they've spotted bodies nearby. Tully finds three young men, apparently farm laborers, lying by a huckleberry patch, each shot in the back of the head. Tully has his hands full with the rare triple murder as well as the disappearance of rancher Orville Poulson, whose so-called caretaker, Ray Crockett, has entrenched himself on Poulson's property. Meanwhile, various women need the sheriff's attentions, including putative psychic Etta Gorsich, deputy Daisy Quinn, FBI agent Angela Phelps, and nurse Scarlett O'Ryan. Tully once again proves an unorthodox and effective lawman, while McManus's storytelling, be it about a haunted lake or a modern mountain man, never flags. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
His most accomplished novel yet, Patrick McManus embarks on the fourth installment of the Sheriff Bo Tully series.
About the Author
Patrick F. McManus
is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for Outdoor Life
and Field & Stream
. His most recent Sheriff Bo Tully mysteries are The Double-Jack Murders
. He is the author of many other books, including such runaway New York Times
bestsellers as The Grasshopper Trap
, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw
, and Real Ponies Don't Go Oink!
He lives in Spokane, Washington.