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Survivors Will Be Shot Again

Survivors Will Be Shot Again

A Dan Rhodes Mystery

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Volume 23)

Bill Crider

Minotaur Books

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There's no such thing as a day off for a sheriff. Even in a small Texas town like Clearview, there's always something going on for law enforcement. Still, most days don't involve a run-in with an alligator.

And that's not the worst of Sheriff Dan Rhodes's troubles, either. There's a dead man in Billy Bacon's barn, though Bacon swears he doesn't know how the body got there. Rhodes is a bit skeptical, given that the intruder has been shot twice and that Bacon has recently removed a sign from a fencepost near the barn, a sign that says "Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again."

The citizens of Clearview have been complaining about a rash of thefts, and Rhodes suspects that the dead man may have been involved in them. But before he can solve that crime, he also has to deal with a number of other puzzling crimes in the community, ranging from a holdup at a convenience store to the disappearance of a loaf of bread. And then there's the dang gator.

In Bill Crider's Survivors Will Be Shot Again, Sheriff Dan Rhodes learns that, as the old saying goes, crime doesn't pay. But it also doesn't take a vacation.


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Sheriff Dan Rhodes was standing at the back of the Pak-a-Sak looking at the Dr Peppers in the big cooler when the man with the gun came inside. Rhodes hadn’t had a Dr Pepper in...

Praise for Survivors Will Be Shot Again

"Like the rest of Crider's long string of Dan Rhodes novels, the latest keeps you guessing and chuckling." —Kirkus Reviews on Between the Living and the Dead

"It is easy to see why Crider has had a following through twenty prior Dan Rhodes mysteries. The characters could easily become beloved friends in the vein of Stephanie Plum's sidekicks or Kinsey Millhone's neighborhood buddies, especially to the lover of cozies." —Writers' League of Texas on Half in Love with Artful Death

"Bill Crider writes some the finest traditional mysteries around. He is a first rate plotter who also knows how to pace his material. Such a mixture of mystery, humor and even an occasional horrific moment give his work its unique mastery." —Ed Gorman, on Survivors Will Be Shot Again

“Anthony Award–winner Crider's 20th mystery featuring sheriff Dan Rhodes...offers the usual enjoyable combination of witty help from dispatcher Hack Jensen, minor crises like a hog loose in Hannah Bigelow's house, the theft of hair extensions from Lonnie Wallace's Beauty Shack, and a major crime or two....Rhodes, often embarrassingly compared to fictional sheriff Sage Barton, successfully emulates that action hero in the clever and satisfying resolution.” —Publishers Weekly on Compound Murder

“Kudos to Crider for his 20th entry (after Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen)....As expected, humor and comfort are part of the mix.” —Library Journal on Compound Murder

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"Like the rest of Crider's long string of Dan Rhodes novels, the latest keeps you guessing and chuckling." —Kirkus Reviews on Between the Living and the Dead

"It is easy to see why Crider has had a following through twenty prior Dan Rhodes mysteries. The characters could easily become beloved friends in the vein of Stephanie Plum's sidekicks or Kinsey Millhone's neighborhood buddies, especially to the lover of cozies." —Writers' League of Texas on Half in Love with Artful Death

"Bill Crider writes some the finest traditional mysteries around. He is a first rate plotter who also knows how to pace his material. Such a mixture of mystery, humor and even an occasional horrific moment give his work its unique mastery." —Ed Gorman, on Survivors Will Be Shot Again

“Anthony Award–winner Crider's 20th mystery featuring sheriff Dan Rhodes...offers the usual enjoyable combination of witty help from dispatcher Hack Jensen, minor crises like a hog loose in Hannah Bigelow's house, the theft of hair extensions from Lonnie Wallace's Beauty Shack, and a major crime or two....Rhodes, often embarrassingly compared to fictional sheriff Sage Barton, successfully emulates that action hero in the clever and satisfying resolution.” —Publishers Weekly on Compound Murder

“Kudos to Crider for his 20th entry (after Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen)....As expected, humor and comfort are part of the mix.” —Library Journal on Compound Murder

“Since 1986, Crider of Alvin has been turning out novels in his Dan Rhodes series about a sheriff in fictional Blacklin County who solves folksy mysteries involving barbershop quartets and beauty parlors. This twentieth installment finds Rhodes dealing with the murder of a college instructor, but rest assured, the main character still finds time to ruminate about such Texas glories as his beloved—and now discontinued—Dublin Dr Pepper.” —Texas Monthly on Compound Murder

“Enjoyable . . . Rhodes's encounters with the overly enthusiastic amateur sleuth Seepy Benton and his inability to persuade his colleagues and neighbors that he bears no resemblance to fictional crime-busting sheriff Sage Barton are continuing sources of fun.” —Publishers Weekly on Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen

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Bill Crider

BILL CRIDER is an Anthony Award winner. His short story "Cranked," which appeared in Damn Near Dead, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. Crider served for many years as chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts at Alvin Community College. He lives in Texas with his wife.

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