Murder in the Air

A Dan Rhodes Mystery

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 16 of 20)

Bill Crider

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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There’s a big stink in Blacklin County, and everyone seems to think Sheriff Dan Rhodes should do something about it. The smell is coming from the giant chicken farm owned by Lester Hamilton. Rhodes sees this as a matter for the state’s air-quality enforcement agency, not the county sheriff. That all changes, however, when Hamilton is found dead, floating in an old rock pit not far from the town of Clearview. Hamilton had probably been engaged in the act of noodling for catfish, which is not only highly dangerous but illegal in Texas.

Rhodes suspects that Hamilton didn’t die by accident, though. There are plenty of suspects, including an eccentric community college professor and one of his colleagues, who lives near the chicken farm and has to wear a respirator mask to ward off the smell. Also, someone known in the county as Robin Hood is going around shooting arrows into utility poles as a protest. When semi-nude protestors arrive at the chicken farm, things really begin to get out of hand.

Filled with fun, mayhem, and memorable characters, Murder in the Air is a wonderful addition to this very excellent series. Award-winning author Bill Crider shows again that he is one of the most talented and entertaining mystery writers around.

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SHERIFF DAN RHODES WASN’T SURE JUST WHY THE BLACKLIN County Sheriff’s Department needed an M-16.
Commissioner Mikey Burns was happy to explain. “Firepower,” he said. His eyes gleamed. “Nine hundred and fifty rounds a minute. The bullets travel at twenty-nine hundred feet per second. Can you believe that? Punch a hole in a tank with something like that.”
Burns didn’t look like a man who’d be so interested in so much firepower. He was the most informal of the county commissioners and always wore an aloha shirt to work.

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"Crider’s use of subtle humor and Sheriff Dan Rhodes’s unassuming competence make this 17th series entry a laid-back delight."--Library Journal

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Bill Crider is the winner of two Anthony Awards and an Edgar Award finalist. He lives with his wife in Alvin, Texas.

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Murder in the Air
A Dan Rhodes Mystery
Bill Crider

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312386955
ISBN10: 0312386958
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
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ISBN: 9781429929349
ISBN10: 1429929340
272 pages
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