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eBook Devil's Slew: A Barrett Raines Mystery epub
  • ISBN: 0312649495
  • Author: Darryl Wimberley
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1968 kb
  • FB2 size 1987 kb
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Devil's Slew: A Barrett Raines Mystery. A superb storyteller, Darryl Wimberley writes about a Florida not many people know about, bringing to life its rich characters--and its lurking dangers

Devil's Slew: A Barrett Raines Mystery. Special Agent Barrett "Bear" Raines of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has his Little League game interrupted when a returning GI uses Bear and the local sheriff to commit suicide-by-cop. A superb storyteller, Darryl Wimberley writes about a Florida not many people know about, bringing to life its rich characters--and its lurking dangers. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Macmillan PublishersReleased: Mar 1, 2011ISBN: 9781429953450Format: book.

So says author Darryl Wimberley, and it's a Florida he knows. He knows, too, that in towns like Pepperfish Keys, there are those who still can't believe that a black man could rise to a high position in the state police. But Barrett Raines has done it; his father may have been a moneyless fisherman enriching his white employer, but things have changed--a bit. Sharon Fowler, a local television reporter, isn't concerned with Barrett's race--she wouldn't have cared if he were pink and green. She just wants to use him to get him (and, she hopes, the state's senator.

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Amos Darryl Wimberley is an American writer. Darryl has five critically acclaimed novels with Saint Martin"s Press in the Barrett Raines mystery series:,,, and "Devil"s Slew" (2011). Darryl has taught writing and literature over many years at several institutions including the m Department at the University of Texas, Austin and the Department of English and Fine Arts at his alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy.

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Special Agent Barrett "Bear" Raines of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has his Little League game interrupted when a returning GI uses Bear and the local sheriff to commit suicide-by-cop. Barrett agonizes over the young man's death. He knows that the young marine came home with a squad of other veterans who live outside the law near a place called Devil's Slew.

Devil's Slew: A Barrett Raines Mystery (Detective Barrett Raines Mysteries). Wimberley combines a vividly realized setting and compelling procedural detail with a sensitive and thought-provoking treatment of racial and social issues (the latter focusing on mistreated migrant workers employed to rake straw). In addition, the pacing is sharp, and the suspense builds dramatically (the book races to minor climaxes that fool the reader into thinking the story has come to a premature end). This third entry in the Barrett Raines series deserves to be the breakthrough book for Wimberley.

Darryl Wimberley was born in St. Augustine, Florida. While still on active duty in the Air Force he completed graduate work at St. Mary's University in Sna Antonio Texas, and was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in English Literature. Following military service he completed a Doctorate fo Philosophy from the m department at the University of Texas at Austin, and followed a career at the Times-Mirror Corporation.

Special Agent Barrett “Bear” Raines of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has his Little League game interrupted when a returning GI uses Bear and the local sheriff to commit suicide-by-cop. Barrett agonizes over the young man’s death.

He knows that the young marine came home with a squad of other veterans who live outside the law near a place called Devil’s Slew. Those GIs come under suspicion when federal authorities trace counterfeited currency to Bear’s backyard. The feds believe that the counterfeiters are responsible for the kidnapping of a female agent off the streets of New Orleans. The threads connecting these local crimes stretch from northern Florida to Afghanistan and Mexico, and so, once again, Barrett Raines and the FDLE are called in to dodge the bullets and connect the dots.

A superb storyteller, Darryl Wimberley writes about a Florida not many people know about, bringing to life its rich characters---and its lurking dangers.

Comments: (5)
Xlisiahal
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Nafyn
Darryl Wimberley went to high school in Mayo, Florida. He knows the people, the topography, the flora and fauna. He knows about picking tobacco, harvesting cypress trees, and gators. And, he writes of what he knows. Mayo is about 30 miles from Perry near the coast and almost 200 miles from Walt Disney World. In the straw grass swamps of the coastal region, there's little to no thought of Mickey Mouse. And, bad things still happen that people just don't talk about. It's a backwater world jerked abruptly into the 21st Century and Barrett "Bear" Raines of the FDLE has his hands full with the turbulent outcomes of that transition. To make matters worse, the once outside world, the world beyond Florida, has thrust its violent manifestations into Bear's jurisdiction with drug cartels, counterfeiting operations and assassinations. Young men and women of Lafayette and Taylor Counties who went to fight in Afghanistan as marines came back different, came back corrupted. Some of them grouped together in the swampy, black muck area of Devil's Slew to make a lot of money in criminal support roles. But, one of those young folks has just committed suicide by cop. After that, death starts to pop up like corn in a popper. With the feds staring down his collar due to the kidnapping of a special agent, Barrett Raines has to answer the who, what, when, where, and why of how all of this fits together and do so without losing his own life in the process. Great writing by Wimberley - superlative literary narrative in a tightly woven genre tale. You can't go wrong with this one!
Riavay
A swamp known as Devil's Slew is the center of much bloody violence in Northwestern Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. Special Agent "Bear" Raines of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is summoned to a trailer in the secluded swamp where a discharged marine, Quentin Hart, has taken his girlfriend hostage. Bear is forced to kill Quentin in self defense. Later that day, when darkness falls, a group of Quentin's friends (former marines who served together in Afghanistan) trudge through the treacherous swamp and retrieve two bags of counterfeit money. In the gulf, they deliver the bags to a yacht owned by a Mexican drug cartel known as the Zetas. Bear's investigation of a missing undercover agent, Brenda Mantle, forces him to investigate the former marines. Soon afterwards, the friends begin tragically dying one-by-one.

Darryl Wimberley's "Devil's Slew" is one of the most violent, gruesome, intricately plotted, suspenseful crime noirs I've read in a long time. It is also one of the most offensive in that it explores an overabundance of sensitive topics considered taboo, which include date rape, torture, racism and religious fanaticism. The story begins in Afghanistan where a young interpreter, Gulpari Bohtri, believes she's been raped; unfortunately, someone slipped her the drug Rohypnol and she can't remember the entire incident. Other victims have the same experience. The abducted Brenda Mantle is videotaped while being cruelly tortured. Racial slurs abound because Bear is an African American living in a predominately white, redneck community. Not since the O. J. Simpson trial have I heard the dreaded "N" word used so much. Also the word "cracker" is thrown around extensively and the author isn't referring to Saltine Crackers. It follows suit that the Hispanics would be called Spics.

Don't misunderstand me. I thoroughly enjoyed "Devil's Slew." From the title alone, one would expect a violent, bloody crime noir of demonically evil proportions. Reading "Devil's Slew" was like watching a gruesome horror film; you know there are scenes that are going to offend you but the overall experience is bound to be exhilarating. I'm merely warning readers that some of them may be offended. As for myself, I was more annoyed than offended by the former marines who are depicted as religious fanatics, especially Dawana Jackson who is always misquoting Biblical verses. The former marines feel that donating 10% of their cut to the liberation of Afghanistan justifies their counterfeit money running.

The setting for "Devil's Slew" is a unique one in that it is a secluded, sparsely populated region of Northwestern Florida that most tourists don't ever see. It is very swampy. Devil's Slew is a treacherous swamp with a dark history of people disappearing within it, primarily escaping slaves and their pursuers. This swamp is infested with an abundance of dangerous wildlife including alligators, water moccasins and feral hogs. Animal traps, such as the one drawn on the novel's dust jacket, have lain hidden for years; they reminded me of the landmines in Afghanistan. A bear trap can snap off a man's leg. The bear trap is symbolic for the traps that the Mexican cartel sets for Bear Raines.

Bear is a very admirable character; he and his entire family have battled racism and prejudice. He doesn't have any serious vices and he is diligent about finding the artist who created the counterfeit money and the marine responsible for raping Gulpari Bohtri. He could have easily forgotten about these criminals but is determined to bring closure. Both he and his wife Laura Ann are university educated; she owns a successful restaurant, Ramona's Place, and plays piano for her guests.

Darryl Wimberley's "Devil's Slew" is a fast-paced, expertly written thrill ride that left me breathless. The ending has a double shocker. I don't think I breathed once while reading the last twenty pages. If not for the overabundance of religious fanaticism, racial slurs and tortuous violence, I'd strongly recommend it to all my friends. As it is, I can only highly recommend it to my fellow mystery readers who enjoy hard-boiled, violent, bloody crime noir. I would love the opportunity to read all the previous novels in Wimberley's excellent series. I will definitely be standing in line for the sequel.

Other fast-paced, bloody crime noir with exotic locales, which I highly recommend are: Jan Weiss's "These Dark Things" (set in Naples, Italy), Wessel Ebersohn's "The October Killings" (set in Johannesburg, South Africa) and Ian Vasquez's "Mr. Hooligan" (set in Belize).

Joseph B. Hoyos
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Barrett "Bear" Raines attends a little league game when duty calls. In the Devil's Slew swamp, Afghan vet Quentin Hart has taken his girlfriend prisoner. Bear and Sheriff Smoot Rawlings arrive at the scene hoping to talk down the angry former combat soldier with no body getting hurt. Instead, Quentin races out of his home holding his automatic rifle pointed at the cops. They kill him as each knows the veteran committed suicide by cop.

Bear feels depressed over the incident though he knows he and Smoot did the right thing. He investigates Quentin's last days trying to understand why he snapped. Aided by other law enforcement officials he soon uncovers a connection to vets involved in counterfeiting and money laundering. The FBI believes they kidnapped and beheaded one of their agents in New Orleans. As the evidence mounts that this is a dangerous gang based in Florida but working in Mexico and Afghanistan, someone is targeting these vets for death.

Devil's Slew is a fascinating police procedural in which the chaotic story line showcases how convoluted an investigation can become. Fast-paced from the moment Bear and Smoot arrive in the aptly named swamp and never slowing down, readers will appreciate Darryl Wimberley connecting dots between Florida, Mexico and Afghanistan in Bear's latest thriller (see Pepperfish Keys).

Harriet Klausner
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