I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shifty's Boys by Chris Offutt
Series: Mick Hardin #2
on August 25, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Southern
Format: ARC, eBook
Army-CID-officer-cum-unofficial-PI Mick Hardin is up against unforeseen forces who will stop at nothing in this vividly atmospheric thriller from acclaimed novelist Chris Offutt.
Chris Offutt is
a literary master across genres, and his most recent novel THE KILLING HILLS
was one of his most successful, earning him a new audience and earning
praise from the likes of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,
and Crime Reads. His latest book, Shifty's
Boys, is a compelling, propulsive thriller of murder and mayhem in the
hills of eastern Kentucky.
Mick Hardin is home on leave,
recovering from an IED attack, when a body is found in the center of town. It's
Barney Kissick, the local heroin dealer, and the city police see it as an
occupational hazard. But when Barney's mother, Shifty, asks Mick to take a
look, it seems there's more to the killing than it seems. Mick should be
rehabbing his leg, signing his divorce papers, and getting out of town--and most
of all, staying out of the way of his sister Linda's reelection as Sheriff--but
he keeps on looking, and suddenly he's getting shot at himself.
A dark, pacy crime novel about
grief and revenge, and the surprises hidden below the surface, Shifty's Boys
is a tour de force that confirms Chris Offutt's Mick Hardin as one of the
most appealing new investigators in fiction.
Uhhhh well you know what? This is Not a Cozy Mystery and I do not remember requesting it but I did not expect this to Not Be A Cozy Mystery. Honestly I think I picked this up because I expected the car on the cover to represent repressed homosexual desires. It Did Not. This is a book for people like my grandfather, a Manly Man. I Am Not The Target Audience. Honestly this book mostly reminded me of Stephen King novels but nothing ever got Horrific. Uhhhh two stars but also I Am Not The Target Audience disclaimer. Also I enjoyed the narrator. Thank you NetGalley and also Sorry. Bookshop link here.