Hardboiled, Yet With A Heart

41WVw2tNt8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_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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Cathi's three New York mystery novels feature P.I. Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor, Laurel Imperiole who keep finding new ways to get into trouble. She also writes about a handsome gambling man, Nick Donahue who has a flare for International intrigue. She recently won the Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Award for 2014 for her short story "The Kaluki Kings of Queens" in the Sisters in Crime anthology, "Murder New York Style: Family Matters." Visit Cathi at www.cathistoler.com or follow her on Twitter @cathicopy.

12 thoughts on “Hardboiled, Yet With A Heart

  1. Cathi, thanks for giving this one such a thoughtful read. I think you nailed the main parts of what I was trying to express with this piece.

  2. I feel like Garnett hit an out of the park homer with Bunker Pines and I’m happy to say he has a few more swings at the plate with The Drifter Detective.Thanks, Cathi. I appreciate you taking the time to review.

  3. Cathi, That was me with the last comment. I’m one of the editors at The Fall Creek Review. So many webzines and pen names! Don’t know if I’m coming or going!! :)

  4. Now I’m really confusing myself! My first comment disappeared altogether. Ha. Someone should take this computer away from me. Ok. Bottom line: thank you for a super review of Garn’s book. Deeply appreciated.

  5. I have been waiting to acquaint myself with both Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles, as well as Jack Laramie, and I aim to start with “The Girls of Bunker Pines” soon. Thanks for the review.

  6. Cathi, that was David’s idea. When he first proposed the series, he wanted a PI who was the grandson of Cash.

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