Vengeance Is Mine: A Red River Mystery
Reavis Z. Wortham
Poisoned Pen, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
t's 1967 in Center Springs, East Texas. The residents want only peace and quiet. Rock and Roll exists among the younger members of the population, but the seniors are understanding.
hen hit man Anthony Agrioli heard Cody and Norma Faye Parker speak highly of their home town of Center Springs, Tony decided to leave the underworld life, take his girlfriend and disappear from Las Vegas. They arrive in Center Springs and begin to fit in.
nfortunately, a mob of gangsters get wind of where Tony and his girlfriend live and arrive on the scene. Seems like everyone is carrying weapons – lots of them, Tony included. A crooked sheriff with his hand in the cookie jar rules his police department with a closed fist. Counterfeit money fits in this mess somewhere. A body of a local is found shot to death in his truck. Slide a bank robbery in between everything else, and you have the plot for a really enjoyable story.
op Parker, thirteen years old, has what his grandmother calls a
– his convoluted dreams mostly come true. Not soon enough for him to head anything off, but enough to cause fear in his heart.
he characters in
Vengeance Is Mine
by Reavis Z. Wortham are purely homespun. At first, the reader expects to live through the tales of country bumpkins. Not so! These players are the real stuff, living their happy lives out in a rural community and pleased to do it. They all know and care about each other and have minds as keenly honed as that of a big city businessman.
touch of race relations is handled with kid gloves, but makes one realize that problems still exist. And we are doing very little to correct them.
Vengeance Is Mine
is a very feel-good book, enjoyable from first page to last.
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