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The Night of the Dance

Jeremiah Spur Mysteries

James Hime

Minotaur Books

Sissy Fletcher, the preacher’s daughter, disappeared on the night of the Rodeo Dance ten years ago and has been missing ever since. Until now, that is—a team drilling an oil well has made a grisly discovery in an isolated pasture. Seeing as how it’s an election year, finding her killer is a bigger priority than it might usually be in sleepy Washington County, Texas, where not much ever happens anyway.

Though it’s becoming clear that the town isn’t quite as sleepy as it seems. Martin Fletcher, Sissy’s brother, seems to believe he’s on a mission from God to raise hell in Washington County. He and his partner, Dud Hughes, aim to start small, with armed robbery, and work their way up to bigger things, but an inquiry into his sister’s death threatens to draw a little more attention his way than he wants just now.

As the mood begins to the shift in the town, three men put their heads together to work the case: ex-Texas Ranger Jeremiah Spur, who is retired but can’t get the thrill of the chase out of his blood; the current sheriff, Dewey Sharpe, who just may not be as dumb as he looks; and Deputy Clyde Thomas, an African-American ex-Dallas cop who is probably the savviest of the bunch. All in all, James Hime's The Night of the Dance, is a terrifically original, jaunty, and action-packed debut from a writer to watch.

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Chapter One

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1999


ON THE MORNING HE LEARNS ABOUT THE SHERIFF'S BOYS FINDING SISSY Fletcher's body, the smoke is worse than ever, has worked its way through the window unit into his bedroom, its smell factoring into his dreams like sounds sometimes do, waking him up. His subconscious mind registers it, tells him get up, something's on fire.

But once he's awake he knows nothing's on fire, leastwise not in these parts. He lies there, thinking it's too early to get up.

He listens to Martha's breathing, deep and steady, not quite a snore but almost,
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  • James Hime

  • Born in Arkansas, James Hime lives in Houston, Texas, where he and his wife raised two sons and now live with their golden retriever. Night of the Dance is his first novel.
  • James Hime Paulette Hime
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    The Night of the Dance

    Jeremiah Spur Mysteries

    James Hime

    Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Macavity Award - Nominee
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