I recently had the pleasure to read the newest entry from the folks at Beat To A Pulp Books, THE GIRLS OF BUNKER PINES, by Garnett Elliot. The novella features Jack Laramie, grandson of Cash Laramie, the U.S. Deputy Marshall, who is the creation of David Cranmer (aka Edward A. Grainger) editor at BTAP.
In this, the third entry in the Drifter Detective series, Detective Jack Laramie is getting older and maybe a little bit harder, although we see his caring side coming through to help a Korean War vet in big trouble.
Jack, a WWII vet and POW survivor is suffering from what we’d now call Post traumatic stress syndrome, accompanied by horrible flashbacks to his time in the war and his days in Nazi Stalag Luft Three.
Living in the back of a horse trailer and doing business out of a booth in a donut diner, Jack is eking out a living in dusty East Texas when he meets a troubled and alcohol addled Korean War vet seeking his counsel—and his money—for his part a bomb shelter scheme he’s helping to promote.
Jack takes on the case and smells a con right from the start. As the novella progresses, he finds himself facing off against vet’s burlesque dancer girlfriend, who’s more than she appears to be and the Dallas mob. Elliot draws us in with a great storyline and precise language. Can Jack save his buddy? You’ll have to read the whole novella to find out.
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