Wednesday, November 4, 2020

East Beach



Red Farlow Mysteries, Book 3


 Date Published: September 30, 2020

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

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 FBI Agent Joseph Trammell retires to a beachfront home on a Georgia island.

Six months later, PI Red Farlow finds him dying in a pool of blood. Someone shot him four times. Five shell casings litter the floor. Drops of blood lead out of the house and onto East Beach on St. Simons Island. Red sets out to find out who killed Joe Trammell and why.

Did the local drug and arms smuggler hire a hit? And who caught the fifth bullet?

Farlow wades into the murky water of intrigue, conflicting love affairs, and danger as he tracks down the killer. It’s not exactly a relaxing day at the beach.

My Review...

Another Red Farlowe story from W. F. Ranew. Just like I wished for when I read book 2. This one’s a little different. They are all different from one another. They are almost different writing styles. This may not be unusual from a writer with a journalism career. Different does not mean bad. In fact, I think it must take talent to be able to create a character like Red Farlowe, keep our attention and interest, keep the flow of the reading smooth, and vary your writing style.

There’s a lot more talk about “unsavory physical acts” in this book (do you have any idea how hard it is to describe some things while not using a word that will keep your review from being printed :).

Anyway there is a lot of physical men & women “stuff” and a lot of drugs. I don’t think that makes this a bad book.  It’s no different than tv today, it’s hard to have a story without drugs, etc. It did seem a lot for Red Farlowe but as I said, each book in this series is quite different from the other.

This time Red takes on a case free of charge to try and find out who killed his good friend. And this time Red gathers a group of friends to help. Their ideas and professions make for some interesting dialogue. However I think it may be Red’s meeting with each person or group of people that made me feel this slowed down some. Nonetheless, I loved Ranew’s writing and his Red Farlowe character and I want more to follow.

About the Author

W.F. Ranew is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for several regional dailies: The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ranew has written two previous novels: Schoolhouse Man and Candyman’s Sorrow. He lives with his wife in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Ga.

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