Book two in the epic Third Chance Enterprises series, Dear Durwood is a standalone mystery pitting uncompromising principle against big city greed.
Durwood Oak Jones is a man of few indulgences. One he does allow is a standing ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine soliciting “injustices in need of attention.”
This month’s bundle of letters includes one from Carol Bridges, mayor of the dusty, blue-collar town of Chickasaw, Texas. For nearly a century, Chickasaw has relied on the jobs and goodwill of Hogan Consolidated, a family-run manufacturer of industrial parts. Now East Coast lawyers and investment bankers have taken aim at the company. The citizens of Chickasaw fear it may be acquired or bankrupted, leading to massive layoffs — effectively destroying the town.
Durwood and his trusty bluetick coonhound, Sue-Ann, fly to Texas to see what can be done. They find a young CEO born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Factory workers with hammers. A good woman, Carol Bridges, who knows her town is being cheated but can’t get to the bottom of how. And lawyers.
Dirty, good-for-nothing lawyers.
Oh my gosh…what a great shoot-em-up swaggering character. Jeff Bond has created the kind of character I love. The kind we all need to read about now & then. Not only has he made me fall in love with Durwood, he’s written a story to match the character. Full of suspense, twists and turns, injustice, you name it. Oh, and he has a dog, a dog that follows him around like a tick on a deer. Oops, couldn't help myself. It's this story. What can I say?
Durwood is someone you call on when you can’t handle or settle things yourself. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t just a character. Jeff Bond wrote an interesting story right around Durwood. In fact, I’m not sure which came first. His wonderful character or his great story.
This is just plain old good reading. I’m not using “plain old” in a derogatory way. I just mean it has nothing wrong. I rarely hunt for something wrong in an author’s book. I do try to point out if something is confusing or not well written. I can’t find a thing here. I give maybe 5 5-star reviews a year. I admire all authors. They are sure accomplishing something I’m not, but a 5-star book must be very special.
Dear Durwood is Book 2 in a 3-book series titled “Third Chance Enterprises”. Book 4 had better be on its way!
Genre: Action-Adventure / Western Romance
Published by: Jeff Bond Books
Publication Date: June 15, 2020
Number of Pages: 215
ISBN: 1732255296 (ISBN13: 9781732255296)
Series: Third Chance Enterprises
Purchase Links: Amazon | Third Chance Stories | Goodreads
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Jeff Bond is an American author of popular fiction. His books have been featured in The New York Review of Books, and his 2020 release, The Pinebox Vendetta, received the gold medal (top prize) in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. A Kansas native and Yale graduate, he now lives in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.
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