Synopses & Reviews
At the start of Crider’s entertaining 23rd Dan Rhodes mystery (after 2015’s Between the Living and the Dead) the Blacklin County Tex. lawman who’s enjoying a day off deftly foils an armed robber at a convenience store by tossing him a loaf of bread. Rhodes’s day off comes to an end when Billy Bacon a loan officer at a local bank phones the police to report yet another theft at the B Bar B his ranch. Other people in the vicinity of Billy’s spread have been robbed including Melvin Hunt who lost an expensive welding rig. Inside Billy’s barn lying between two stacks of empty boxes is a dead body which Rhodes identifies as Melvin’s. But is Melvin the thief? It doesn’t make sense to Billy that Melvin would have stolen things from his own place. In addition to solving Melvin’s murder the folksy and shrewd sheriff must deal with a host of other crimes both major and minor on the way to the satisfactory resolution of this inventive installment. Agent: Kim Lionetti BookEnds. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
There's no such thing as a day off for a sheriff. Even in a small Texas town like Clearview, there's always something going on for law enforcement. Still, most days don't involve a run-in with an alligator.
And that's not the worst of Sheriff Dan Rhodes's troubles, either. There's a dead man in Billy Bacon's barn, though Bacon swears he doesn't know how the body got there. Rhodes is a bit skeptical, given that the intruder has been shot twice and that Bacon has recently removed a sign from a fencepost near the barn, a sign that says "Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again."
The citizens of Clearview have been complaining about a rash of thefts, and Rhodes suspects that the dead man may have been involved in them. But before he can solve that crime, he also has to deal with a number of other puzzling crimes in the community, ranging from a holdup at a convenience store to the disappearance of a loaf of bread. And then there's the dang gator.
In Bill Crider's Survivors Will Be Shot Again, Sheriff Dan Rhodes learns that, as the old saying goes, crime doesn't pay. But it also doesn't take a vacation.