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 Newspaperman-sleuth Pete Brady (Death Notice, 1990), owner of the Weekly Express in Troy Parish, Louisiana, has been persuaded to go deer-hunting by his good friend Sheriff Matt Garitty. He's on the scene when Matt's young son Scotty shoots at a deer and finds instead the body of Dwayne Elkins, a local car-dealer. Pete and Matt are convinced that Scotty, with all his father's training, would not have made that mistake--and Pete sets out to prove it. Philandering, feckless Elkins had plenty of enemies, although wife Debra and aunt Maud appear grieved. Meanwhile, an old land-feud sparks a red-herring trail to forest-dwelling loner Miller Purdy- -until the murder of Elkins's girlfriend and a strange scene at the Elkins hunting camp bring Pete to the true culprit. More than a little draggy, with endless forays into the woods and a downbeat Brady struggling to keep alive his affair with Kelly Larson. Add a plus for lovers of the hunt.

Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-06336-9
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1991