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Bone Dry (Blanco County Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Rehder
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"You don't need an invite to the Bush ranch to have fun in Texas. Ben Rehder, whose Buck Fever earned him an Edgar nomination for best first mystery last year, is back."-Chicago Tribune "Fans of Rehder's rollicking debut, Buck Fever (2002), which was nominated for both Edgar and Lefty awards, will welcome the sequel, an over-the-top tale of sex, mayhem and murder in Texas's hill country."-Publishers Weekly "More funny adventures of John Marlin, amiable, estimable game warden of Blanco County, Texas...[a]winning sequel to Buck Fever...characters to chuckle at, yes, but Rehder never forgets he's got clues to furnish and a story to tell."-Kirkus Reviews "A humdinger. Funny, sardonic, and filled with clever metaphors and similes, Bone Dry is as cool and satisfying as a Lone Star beer on a hot Texas afternoon."-Sports Afield "Lots of twists and turns and authentic police procedures...[a] fast-paced romp."-San Antonio Express-News "Weird, wild, and wac

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Edgar Award finalist Ben Rehder's Blanco County comic mysteries have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream.

Bone Dry:
Life can get a little wild from time to time for John Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas—but few incidents compare to the stories flying around town at the start of this new deer season. Hunters are reporting an incredible sight: a six-foot-tall, drop-dead gorgeous blonde is roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with guns and disarming them with powers of seduction the likes of which none of them have ever come across before. Everyone has a hearty laugh at the expense of a few embarrassed hunters, until one of their own turns up dead in the woods. Now Marlin has a real mystery to deal with. Meanwhile, rumors are spreading about a new Blanco resident, an ex-New Yorker named Sal Mameli who's ruffling feathers with his loud mouth and his penchant for getting his own way, no matter what the cost. Before long, John Marlin realizes he may be the only sane man in town, and he's starting to wonder if he can last much longer himself. It's just the start of another unforgettable hunting season in Bone Dry, the hilarious second novel from Edgar finalist Ben Rehder.

REVIEWS FOR BONE DRY:

“You don’t need an invite to the Bush ranch to have fun in Texas. Ben Rehder, whose Buck Fever earned him an Edgar nomination for best first mystery last year, is back…” —Chicago Tribune

“More funny adventures of John Marlin, amiable, estimable game warden of Blanco County, Texas. Opening Day of the deer-hunting season is always a time of test and turmoil for Marlin, but in this winning sequel to Buck Fever (2002) he finds himself particularly beset. Characters to chuckle at, yes, but Rehder never forgets he’s got clues to furnish and a story to tell.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of Rehder’s rollicking debut, Buck Fever (2002), which was nominated for both Edgar and Lefty awards, will welcome the sequel, an over-the-top tale of sex, mayhem and murder in Texas’s hill country.” —Publishers Weekly

“…a humdinger. Funny, sardonic, and filled with clever metaphors and similes, Bone Dry is as cool and satisfying as a Lone Star beer on a hot Texas afternoon.” —Sports Afield

“Rehder’s books are readable for their portrayals of over-the-top Texans who still live life the old-fashioned way: fat, drunk and stupid. Bone Dry…would make a nice read in the deer blind on opening morning.” —Mike Leggett, Austin American-Statesman

“Lots of twists and turns and authentic police procedures…[a] fast-paced romp.” —San Antonio Express-News

“…weird, wild and wacky…one of the funniest mysteries of the year…[this] fast-paced novel has a variety of peculiar plotlines that all converge in a wild and memorable ending. Rehder’s first book was a finalist for the Edgar Award and the Lefty Award (for the funniest crime novel of the year). His latest effort is in the same category–it’s a nifty, hilarious romp that’s tough to put down.” —Lansing State Journal

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  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312291329
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Slap-Stick Sequel to Buck Fever 18 Mar 2005
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoyed the outrageous humor in Buck Fever about cross-species sexuality and good old boys poaching deer, you will be thrilled with Bone Dry. The talented Mr. Rehder has added more targets for his humor, made them funnier and further developed the excellent goofballs, Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock.
In Bone Dry, you will find Italian mobsters mixing it up with the local Texas drunks, a supermodel who uses her looks and her scent to save endangered species, lots of brush-busting and scams galore. In the middle of all the resulting mayhem, John Marlin, the Lone Ranger of game wardens, finds himself running the investigation into a hunter's suspicious death.
The book combines a satire of the Godfather, a Carl Hiaasen-type story about Texas, an excellent police procedural, lots of environmental lessons and a love story with enough irony to keep your eyes blinking with surprise for days. It's a remarkable, guffaw-inducing achievement.
Save this book for the next time you really need a good laugh.
I recommend that you also go on to read the latest book in the series, Flat Crazy, which is even better than Bone Dry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hazards of life in Texas 27 Dec 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Ben Rehder book I read, and I did so with great pleasure and amusement. There are plenty of twists in this thriller, but the author does not leave us with any loose ends, which I appreciate. The good ones are really nice and likeable, the bad ones are really nasty (and get what they deserve), and in the grey zone between we find a whole bunch of interesting (sometimes weird) characters. There is even a kind of happy ending. One learns quite a bit about hunting in Texas - rather different from hunting in the U.K. or anywhere else in Europe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little Texas proceedural 24 Jun 2013
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Format and proofing on the kindle is good.

This is a nice proceedural / whosunnit based in Texas. It's better (quite a lot better) than the run of the mill due to it wrapping in some nice layers and wild goose chases.
What didn't work for me - and it probably is a pure coincidence - is that it feels like it's been written by Carl Hiaasen, but on a bad day when he forgot to insert any wry humour.

Pity. Ben Rehder has a good voice and is a strong author. I hope to try a few more of his stories so that I can shake this feeling off. CW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted and great fun 24 Jan 2013
By Perkins
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John Marlin is the handsome, vulnerable hero in this mildly conservation conscious murder mystery. With a beautiful, sexy conservationist wreaking havoc on the hunting fraternity and a mobster hiding out under the witness protection programme to deal with, John certainly has his work cut out. The book is full of good old Texan values combined with a healthy dose of humour but it doesn't shy away from the violence and heartache that surrounds murder, extortion and the arguments for and against hunting. Great characters, vividly drawn, a believable plot and a satisfyingly happy ending made this a thoroughly enjoyable, unputdownable read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong, humorous regional game warden procedural 4 Sep 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Blanco County, Texas Game Warden John Martin knows that the opening day of deer hunting season is always a disaster, but this time the hunters come up with a new one. Apparently a six-foot blonde Amazon has wrecked the deer blinds of the locals using an assortment of tricks and devices and which even includes peeing on them. This female ghost even shot up Rodney Bauer's pick-up using the man's 12-gauge that she easily took from the paralyzed man in shock by her beauty.
As John works on his relationship with Nurse Becky, environmentalist Inga Mueller has become an avenging angel. She is dedicated to protecting endangered species from the ravages of the hunters. However, though her victims drive John crazy, he considers her a minor amusing nuisance especially when compared to the rash of corpses that suddenly surface.
Readers who appreciate a strong yet humorous regional police procedural, game warden style, will want to peruse BONE DRY. This is a great tale that leaves the audience laughing at the antics of the secondary cast along side a bemused John that is until the murders start. However, the key to this terrific who-done-it is the mystery is first rate and the characters are fully developed so that the audience receives a fabulous plot that will send newcomers seeking more works from Ben Rehder.
Harriet Klausner
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Read 15 May 2012
By Mark Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Do not take the 3 star rating as a slam (there are entirely to many 5 star ratings on Amazon), I really enjoyed the book. This was the first book I had read by Ben Rehder and I found out, after the fact, that this was the second book using these characters and location. You couldn't tell. Mr. Rehder did an excellent job introducing John Marlin, the county game warden and all around good guy. The same can be said for setting up the background of the story. I did not feel a lack of detail that sometimes occur during a second book.

A couple of the characters were caricatures of their ethnicity. For example, Inga from Minnesota was a tall blond Norwegian (to Mr Rehder's credit he did not have her say "Ya hey der"). Sal Manelli, the Italian from New York spoke like My Cousin Vinny. But I did not find this off-putting at all.

I enjoyed the book enough that I have no qualms about purchasing Buck Fever.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bone Dry a great read! 7 Sep 2003
By Tripp Holmgrain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Murder and mayhem in the Hill Country? A comedy mystery a hunter could love? A compelling read you'll want to finish in one sitting? "Bone Dry," Ben Rehder's latest novel answers: Yes, yes, and yes.
Witness protection program member Sal Mameli, has been relocated to Blanco County in hopes of avoiding his old "associates." Learning there's big money in cedar clearing, he quickly succumbs to old criminal tendencies. Only this time, Game Warden John Marlin is there to see things don't get out of hand.
Enter a six-foot blonde bombshell activist, bent on saving the Red-necked Sapsucker -- an endangered bird dependent on cedar, and the action begins. While Marlin tries to keep the peace, the murders pile up.
I dove into Bone Dry not knowing what to expect, and surfaced pleasantly surprised. The 339 page yarn grabs and holds your attention, reads quickly, and keeps you laughing -- making it hard to come up for air. Rehder does a good job weaving several action-packed sub-plots into one good story, while avoiding superfluous detail.
"Bone Dry" is Rehder's second mystery novel. His first, "Buck Fever," was nominated for the prestigious Edgar, the murder-mystery writer's Oscar.
An avid hunter from childhood and advertising copywriter for twenty years, Rehder is relatively new to story telling.
"I wrote my first book at 37. I'd always wanted to write a novel, but on what? I was told, write what you know. Well, I know deer hunting and I know the Hill Country, so my choices were obvious."
Asked about advice for aspiring writers, he urges: "Go for it! You'll never know unless you give it a stab. I'm glad I did. I only regret it wasn't sooner."
Rehder pens his tales from a small hilltop cabin in Blanco County. When not writing, he's hunting. "I'll hunt 3-4 days a week during deer season," says Rehder. "Bow and rifle seasons combined, I'm almost burned out by the time it's all over."
Let's hope Rehder doesn't get burned out - on hunting or writing. We'll be worse off if he does.
To any Texan who's picked up a deer rifle - pick up Bone Dry. But be warned, you'll have trouble putting it down.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Slap-Stick Sequel to Buck Fever 5 Mar 2005
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you enjoyed the outrageous humor in Buck Fever about cross-species sexuality and good old boys poaching deer, you will be thrilled with Bone Dry. The talented Mr. Rehder has added more targets for his humor, made them funnier and further developed the excellent goofballs, Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock.

In Bone Dry, you will find Italian mobsters mixing it up with the local Texas drunks, a supermodel who uses her looks and her scent to save endangered species, lots of brush-busting and scams galore. In the middle of all the resulting mayhem, John Marlin, the Lone Ranger of game wardens, finds himself running the investigation into a hunter's suspicious death.

The book combines a satire of the Godfather, a Carl Hiaasen-type story about Texas, an excellent police procedural, lots of environmental lessons and a love story with enough irony to keep your eyes blinking with surprise for days. It's a remarkable, guffaw-inducing achievement.

Save this book for the next time you really need a good laugh.

I recommend that you also go on to read the latest book in the series, Flat Crazy, which is even better than Bone Dry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Rehder Should Check Out Box as Well! 18 Oct 2007
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great light fun read. If you loved this book also check out the author C.J. Box and his Joe Pickett adventures which also follow a game warden based near a hunting culture small town filled with eccentric red necks, corrupt officials and other fun characters, his books are set in Wyoming. Both even have similar author photos complete with dogs and bucket hats or whatever they're called inside the back covers. Open Season (Joe Pickett Novels) is the first novel in that great series, check it out!

Bone Dry the sequel to Reheder's first novel Buck Fever picks up at the start of the next year's deer season from when that novel ended. It is important to note that you do not need to have read Buck Fever to enjoy or get the most out of this novel. Other than a reoccurring main character, game warden John Marlin, as well as other eccentric county residents who appear in each novel such as local rednecks Billy Don and Red. This series of fun adventures set in Blanco County Texas can be read in any order.

New characters who add to the storyline of Bone Dry include Inga, a smart supermodel quality blond Volvo driving conservationist. Inga isn't afraid to fill a hunter's ute with bullets. A nerdy even more extreme environmentalist Thomas Peabody is her travelling companion and determined to win Inga's favour by proving he is dedicated to the cause with even more and more dangerous stunts in the name of the environment.

Witness relocation mafia man Sal and his dim-witted son Vinnie who now run a tree clearing business also add to the fun. Fans of the Hollywood's horse in the head scene will be pleased with a scene created by Vinnie in this book which is the catalyst for a number of events putting this once powerful underworld figure in danger of being discovered. Smedley a morbidly obese US marshall who is a good but lazy and not to bright man assigned to keep tabs on Sal, Sal's housekeeper and poor immigrant Maria who Sal fears has the powers of a witch complicate the situation for this mafia family but add great enjoyment for the reader.

A lazy incompetent former big city cop will learn the hard way that city tactics don't work out in rural Texas nor does trying to force a confession as he investigates the shooting of a local hunter. And of course game warden John Marlin is the glue that holds this fun story together.

Read this series, it's good!
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