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The Resource The Rock Hole, Reavis Z. Wortham

The Rock Hole, Reavis Z. Wortham

Label
The Rock Hole
Title
The Rock Hole
Statement of responsibility
Reavis Z. Wortham
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Farmer and part-time constable Ned Parker teams with the mythical sheriff John Washington to track down a murderer that may be targeting Ned's family
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Review
  • Set in 1964, Wortham's engaging first novel takes readers to Center Springs, Tex., where 10-year-old Top has come to live with grandparents Becky and Ned Parker. Ned is both farmer and constable, used to dealing with illegal stills, minor thefts, drunks, and family disputes, but not with the kind of vicious cruelty behind a slew of animal tortures and killings. What might be an idyllic time for Top and his tomboy cousin, Pepper, is marred by their overhearing Ned and Deputy John Washington, who polices the town's black community, discussing whether the atrocities are being committed by whites, blacks, or Indians across the border in Oklahoma. When the killer turns to human victims, starting with Ned's cousin Joseph, the stage is set for a tense ending. Solid characters and a vivid depiction of a vanishing period make this a series to watch. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 18, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 16, p)
  • Texan farmer Ned Parker takes his part-time role as a constable seriously, so when mutilated animals with symbolic messages attached to their bodies start showing up in his neck of the woods, he pays attention. He makes sure his friend, black deputy sheriff John Washington, knows about the crimes as well. His ten-year-old grandson, Top, has just come to live with the Parkers, and much of this tale is told from Top's viewpoint. If anyone was hoping for an Andy of Mayberry story, this isn't it, because the rural area is harboring a serial killer. And the killer has plans for Parker's family. VERDICT Wortham does a great job of creating a foreboding atmosphere from the get-go. His assured debut is multilayered and shows his love of storytelling. The juxtaposition of the old ways with the new era—the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War—provides just the kindling needed for a crackling good mystery in a Western setting. --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed May 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 8, p65)
  • /* Starred Review */ An accomplished first novel about life and murder in a small Texas town. Back in the summer of 1964, life is simpler, though probably no less fraught with evil. In Lamar County, Texas, Ned Parker's the law. He's a bit long in the tooth but still has that don't-tread-on-me look that county reprobates have learned to take seriously. And then there's Top, the constable's adoring and well-loved 10-year-old grandson. Through them, in alternating chapters, Wortham tells a story of grace under pressure, of what happens when a deranged and vicious predator decides that they're his promised prey. Local news sources tab him "The Skinner," and the label is chillingly apt. He starts with small animals, then proceeds to small human beings—mutilated, murdered, their corpses gruesomely displayed as trophies, an idiosyncratic array doubly intimidating in its lack of pattern. Lamar County cowers. Constable Ned is convinced that a vendetta is involved, and though the why of it remains murky, he can no longer doubt its intent. Something noxious is heading for the Parkers. It arrives with breathtaking suddenness, leading to a fast and furious climax, written to the hilt, harrowing in its unpredictability. Not just scary but funny too, as Wortham nails time and place in a sure-handed, captivating way. There's a lot of good stuff in this unpretentious gem. Don't miss it.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10000184
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wortham, Reavis Z
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.O778
LC item number
R63 2011
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
A Red River mystery
Series volume
0001
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  • Police
  • Murder
  • Texas
  • Lamar County (Tex.)
Target audience
adult
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a Red River mystery
Label
The Rock Hole, Reavis Z. Wortham
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
284 pages
Isbn
9781590588864
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 681500802
  • (OCoLC)681500802
Label
The Rock Hole, Reavis Z. Wortham
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
284 pages
Isbn
9781590588864
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 681500802
  • (OCoLC)681500802

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