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Flat Crazy (Blanco County Mystery) Hardcover – 24 Sep 2004

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  • 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)
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"One of the genre's rising talents."
--" South Florida Sun-Sentinel"

"Outrageous fun."
-- "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.

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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.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Comic crime novels are one of my delights. I look forward the latest goofiness from Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen with great excitement. You can imagine my joy when I found that I could add Ben Rehder ad his Blanco County mysteries to my must-read list for guffaws and laugh-until-I-cry amusement.
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!
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Other reviews have described the content. I can just add that the inventiveness of the author in introducing weird and wonderful, yet believable characters, is amazing. His ability to set up situations that gently mock entrenched attitudes, and to do this while weaving a good detective plot makes a really good light hearted read. I also liked the way that the 'hero', a game warden, worked with the local police rather than playing the lone ranger as most 'tec stories do. Read and enjoy.
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Cracking read!
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Romp Through Texas 8 Jun. 2016
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This isn't really a whodunnit, because we see the crime committed in the beginning of the book.Donnie is a hunting guide in rural Texas; Kyle inherited a large ranch and plenty of money, is on a path to spend it all, and lets Donnie guide hunters. So when a dentist from the big city comes back to Donnie to complain that his trophy rack is fake and ends up dead, his body has to be hidden. Then there's the Mexican day laborer who sees a chupacabra, which causes the county to be on the national news radar, and brings the locos out of the woodwork to find the chupacabra (which is as real as Bigfoot). There isn't really a mystery, so much as watching the law trying to figure out where the dentist went, what the chupacabra is, and work out why Kyle ran off. It's a fun romp through Texas; not intellectually stimulating, but fun,
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deer Trophy Scam Turns Deadly 29 July 2016
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Oliver Searcy is $5000 worth of upset. He's paid hunting guide Duke Waldrip that fat fee for helping him find and shoot a trophy-worthy buck, but now he's got evidence that he was cheated and wants his money back. The meeting between the two doesn't go well, especially for Searcy who ends up dead. The elaborate cover-up of the scam and the murder then begins.

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rip Roarin' Red-Neck Romp! 1 Nov. 2013
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The kind of book that tears out of the gates, settles in some as you are trying to parse out what's what (what does a chupacabra, a dwarf Chinese porn star, and a game poacher have in common with murder?) and then has such a strong finish you can't wait to see how it ends! All of the characters are extremely rich in depth, but I'm really hoping that the protagonist, game-warden Marlin, is present in many more of these entertaining books. Some of my favorite moments from this book include the morgue housed in an old Dairy Queen building (freezer storage, anyone?), Red telling his partner "If something happens to me, you can have my Elvis CDs", and a law enforcement official uttering the words "It's redneck-appreciation time." I found this book hilarious and am adding it to my all-time favorites list. 5-stars for sure!
4.0 out of 5 stars After the first chapter it's great 16 Nov. 2012
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I wish I could say that I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, but that would be a lie. The first chapter of this book stunk. Not like P.U. but like holy cow roasting in the sun after it has been dead for a week. Yeah...really it was that bad. The first chapter was boring, and I told myself to read on a little further and see if it got better. It did, thankfully. The rest of this book was interesting and fun and sometimes just outright hilarious. I liked that the characters were zany and crazy and not what you usually find in the average novel. The plot was funny and you can't go wrong when you add a chupacabra to an already twisted tale. This book is part crime novel, part mythical beast hunter and part...Eh?? enough so that in the end it becomes amazing that the author managed to make it all tidy up into a neat little package. It would have been five stars were it not for that terrible attempt at a first chapter.
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery that keeps you laughing 5 Jun. 2017
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Nothing is better than reading a book that really holds your interest like this one does. Crazy, funny characters and intertwined stories racing along together. What a Great storyteller this author is. I love all his books in this series!
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