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WINNER! 2014 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery
Nominated for Best First Novel in the 2013 Strand Magazine Critics Awards
"With her first crime novel, Shames has come up with a sleuth for the long haul.... From page one of the novel, [Craddock] claims our affection as a decent kind of guy, the sort we can confidently expect not to disappoint."
Step out of your living room and into the small Texas town of Jarrett Creek, where the current chief of police also doubles as the town drunk. When Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in to investigate.