A DRY AND THIRSTY GROUND by Mike Weiss

A DRY AND THIRSTY GROUND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When Paul Richards gets arrested for planting an axe in his bullying backwoods neighbor Rich Hanna's head, he calls an old friend, Bay Area hackie Ben Henry (No Go on Jackson Street, 1987), now licensed as a private eye, up to the mountains to investigate. All the obligingly obvious potential killers in the Scottsburg landscape--a land-poor Esalen medicine man, a euthanasic nurse, Hanna's hardscrabble relatives--are upstaged by a presumably felonious forest fire, Lost Sam, that rages throughout the story and provides an appropriately haunting ending. Ben's detection and love interest are nothing special, but the Hanna family turns out to be a lot more interesting than you'd expect from the modest trappings.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1992
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: St. Martin's