The Last Death of Jack Harbin: A Samuel Craddock Mystery (Samuel Craddock Mysteries) (Paperback)
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Small town mystery and veteran's issues collide as retired police chief Samuel Craddock investigates a murder. Right before the outbreak of the Gulf War, two eighteen-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek signed up for the army. Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. The men haven't spoken since. Just as they are about to reconcile, Jack is brutally murdered. With the chief of police out of commission, trusted ex-chief Samuel Craddock steps in--again. Against the backdrop of small-town loyalties and betrayals, Craddock discovers dark secrets of the past and present to solve the mystery of Jack's death.
About the Author
TERRY SHAMES is the Macavity Award-winning author of the Samuel Craddock mysteries A Killing at Cotton Hill, The Last Death of Jack Harbin, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, and A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge. She is also the coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
MACAVITY AWARD FINALIST: BEST MYSTERY NOVEL
“There may be no protagonist in our genre today as decently compelling as Samuel Craddock. And there may be no better chronicler of the character and complexity of small-town America than Terry Shames."
—WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, author of the Cork O'Connor Mystery Series
"I love Samuel Craddock, I love this town, and I love this series of books.”
—TIMOTHY HALLINAN, author of the Junior Bender mysteries
“Small towns in mysteries can be too cute or too weird to be true, but Jarrett Creek is the real deal and Samuel Craddock is the jewel in its crown. Flawed, complex, decent, and captivating—spending time in this town with the Chief is a delight.”
—CATRIONA McPHERSON, author of Quiet Neighbors
“A terrific read. Terry Shames brings a fresh, new voice to crime fiction.”
—Deborah Crombie, New York Times–bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass
"The most engaging new American sleuth in crime fiction.”
“Following up on her stellar debut, Shames proves that she isn’t a one-hit wonder. . . . [Her] grizzled, world-weary Craddock is a nuanced and artfully drawn character. . . . a hero worth rooting for. We will be hearing much more from Terry Shames. Highly recommended.”
—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times–bestselling author of The Terrorist Next Door
Praise for A Killing at Cotton Hill:
WINNER! Macavity Award for Best First Mystery
FINALIST: Strand Magazine Critics Awards, Best First Novel
FINALIST: Left Coast Crime Award for Best Novel
"A Killing at Cotton Hill is the real thing. It has humor, insight, and fine characters. Former chief of police Samuel Craddock is a man readers are going to love, and they'll want to visit him and Jarrett Creek often."
—Bill Crider, author of Compound Murder, A Dan Rhodes Mystery
"Shames' novel is an amazing read. The poetic, literary quality of the writing draws you into a small town and its interesting, secret-carrying residents."
—RT Book Reviews
“A Killing at Cotton Hill enchants with memorable characters. . . . A splendid debut by a gifted writer who knows the human heart."
—Carolyn Hart, author of Escape from Paris
"Shames has come up with a sleuth for the long haul.... [Craddock] wins our respect as a guy who stitches together the answers to forensic puzzles with logic and confidence. From page one of the novel, he also claims our affection as a decent kind of guy, the sort we can confidently expect not to disappoint us in future Craddock adventures from Terry Shames’s lively imagination."
“Shames delivers a mystery in the traditional mode, but Craddock is a strong enough character to keep readers coming back for more.”
—San Jose Mercury News