River of Murder is an action-packed mystery,laced with humor and good food.
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Jimmy O'Reilly, ex-cop and failed P.I., returns to his small Kansas hometown on the Arkansas River to find peace, but instead finds a family friend murdered. Only problem, no one believes it is murder. As a reluctant investigator, O'Reilly stumbles on an international drug scheme, and in the process, has to face his demons from the past. A trail of murders up and down the river leads O'Reilly back to the big city and its violent underworld of crime. It also brings into question his ability not only to find the truth, but to come to terms with his wife's death and at the same time protect an innocent teenager from the danger.
When the corpse on the table is a friend, it's hard to be objective. It wasn't the first time someone I loved was laid out before me, but it was still difficult. Vernon Johnson was on the mortuary table in front of me. He was my life-long friend and I loved the man dearly.
Vernon Johnson. Aged seventy-nine. Left side of face obliterated, as if a candle melted and someone scraped away the tallow. Torso crushed and chest caved in. Ligature marks to the neck. Livor mortis coloration on abdomen, thighs and chest. So much for objectivity.