Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cracker Town

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.  W F Ranew will be awarding a $15 BN/Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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In 1955, Cleet Wrightman is found guilty of murdering a woman and sent to the Georgia State Mental Hospital to serve out his time until 1973. In spring of that year, young agent Red Farlow investigates the slayings of three members of the Goings family in Valdosta, but he was never able to apprehend the murderer.

read an excerpt...

A gentle breeze teased as the man leaned against the flaky bark of a pecan tree in a spot two miles west of Boston, Georgia. Cleet Wrightman soaked up the shade’s comfort after several long, warm April days on the road. His back eased against the trunk. Restful.

Cleet welcomed the morning sunlight as an assurance spring had arrived. Yet, the day warmed quickly. Probably no more than eighty then. He didn’t mind the heat, long as he was in the shade or caught a ride. Both offered a solace of their own, depending.

If he had to walk along the road, arm high begging for a ride, he would be in for perhaps hours of making slow way along Georgia’s two-lane blacktops. Something he had to do. But thumbing wouldn’t get him where he needed to go very fast. Then there was an occasional truck passing thirty yards or so from where he rested. Any one of their drivers might pick him up. Then, it was springtime, and he relished a day of lying in.

He’d gotten to the pecan grove the night before, late, and slept for several hours before the sun woke him up. He rubbed the night grit from his eyes and licked his tongue around a dry mouth. When he stood up and walked around the tree to limber up, he noticed his boots were wet. He shook off the dew, but he feared more blisters that day…

my review...

Red Farlow is a character I really like and his creator, W.F. Ranew, is a great storyteller. Sometimes not knowing what happened to someone is worse than knowing and Red’s been asked to find out the truth about a long ago murder. Nothing is impossible for Red though.

Ranew is a favorite of mine. As I have said about his other books, he doesn’t beat around the bush. There’s not lots of descriptive writing. On the other hand I know a lot about Red Farlow so Ranew must have gotten it all in there somewhere. His books are easy to read and always worth the time. 

about W F Ranew...

W.F. Ranew writes the Red Farlow Mysteries series from Tirgearr Publishing. The most recent book is No. 5, Cracker Town.

Ranew formerly worked as a 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.

Find all Farlow novels at — Rich and Gone, Blue Magnolia, East Beach, and Blood Mug.


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  1. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can't wait to join Red Farlow on his investigation! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a magical holiday season!

  2. Thank you for sharing your review of this story, this sounds like a must read book and series for me


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