- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books,US (24 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031232135X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312321352
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3 x 22 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,540,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flat Crazy (Blanco County Mystery) Hardcover – 24 Sep 2004
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"One of the genre's rising talents."
--" South Florida Sun-Sentinel"
-- "Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) on "Flat Crazy"
"Intriguing and entertaining. Rehder's characters may be outrageous, but they are never boring."
-- "Dallas Morning News" on "Flat Crazy"
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Being the final day of deer season, Blanco County game warden John Marlin shouldn't have anymore on his mind than working his way through a cold six-pack. That's his plan until a screaming, half-naked immigrant named Jorge who comes tearing out of the woods with one word on his trembling lips...Chupacabra! The mythical critter shouldn't be too hard to find, what with its vampire fangs, a lion's head, and the face of the devil...
Marlin's hoping that Jorge's just gone simple. But if that's the case, then why the blood-drained corpse in the woods with puncture wounds on his neck? When national media descend locust-style, everyone decides to take advantage of the publicity, including two Chinese dwarves exploring a career in adult films, an enterprising car thief, a con man with an illegal-game scam, and a pair of bubbas with a loopy plan to capture the legendary beast. It's all Marlin can do to keep from going flat crazy himself-before another body turns up.
"You'd have to be Flat Crazy to miss a Ben Rehder book."
-Rick Riordan, author of "Southtown"
"Another of Rehder's relentlessly twisted tales. Outrageous fun."
-"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Flat Crazy combines an authentic Texas country voice with great satires of the local doings. Mr. Rehder has a powerful and original imagination for characters and plots that employs an intense wackiness that is just irresistible.
Some of the many satirical targets in this book include the superstitious, exotic game trophy hunters, hunting guides, pornographic entrepreneurs and actors, television news producers, and the idle rich. When one of these targets isn't cracking you up, another one is.
The plot is also quite delightful. It's not easy tying all of those elements together into something resembling a crime and detection story.
The story begins simply enough. A day-laborer needs to find a bush quickly in order to relieve himself. What he finds there launches a county-wide search for a mythical beast. Everyone has an angle, each one crazier than the next.
Elsewhere, a scamming hunting guide gets caught by his customer . . . and finds himself facing the wrong end of a revolver. A little accident makes matters worse. And so the fun begins!
Witty, sharp, inventive and a lot of fun. This is the 3rd Ben Rehder novel I've read and there's no let up in the quality of his material.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
This book features a complicated plot that ranges across subplots involving deer hunting. stalking a mythical animal known as a chupacabra, filming adult movies, tabloid television production, and exotic animals. And all of it ends up falling into the lap of local Game Warden John Marlin. Even though the reader is a witness to who did the original murder and how, there are other crimes committed during the story that will allow the reader a mystery or two to try to solve along with the main character.
The author continues to amaze me with his far-reaching (and sometimes seemingly far-fetched) pieces of plot points that eventually fit together as neatly as a jumbo jigsaw puzzle.
Supporting characters Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock are back again to provide a lot of comic relief, bless their politically incorrect little hearts. There are plenty of other colorful and odd Texas characters to keep things interesting and provide a few chuckles as well.
This book can be read as a stand alone mystery, but for the characters and setting to be fully appreciated, reading the books in order would be worth the extra effort.