Tribal policeman Bill Maytubby and Deputy Hannah Bond team up again to solve two gruesome murders in this follow-up to Nail’s Crossing
In a driving sleet storm, a farmer has discovered a body snagged on cottonwood roots in the Washita River. Johnston County deputy Hannah Bond realizes it’s her elderly friend, Alice. Meanwhile, at the Golden Play Casino, robbers posing as armored-car guards kill a local stickball hero and friend of Chickasaw Lighthorse Police detective Bill Maytubby.
The trail leads through the quarry-scarred Oklahoma badlands to a remote airstrip and a planeload of drugs and untraceable automatic weapons. Also somehow connected are a shady coin-op vending company; a neo-Nazi compound outside Paris, Texas; and a headless janitor in a train-mangled van. As the net tightens, the smugglers get wind of their pursuers and converge on Maytubby and Bond at Greasy Bend Bridge.
Set in the Oklahoma countryside, where it's possible to track a car by the cloud of dust it's raising on a gravel road, Lackey's excellent sequel to 2017's Nail's Crossing charts the investigations of two different but equally able cops. Clever and resourceful Bill Maytubby, a Chickasaw Lighthorse police sergeant, is after the gang that shot down his boyhood pal while robbing a casino. Meanwhile, blunt and roughhewn Hannah Bond, a Johnson County deputy, aches to solve the brutal killing of her elderly friend Alice Lang. As the two separately gather evidence by watching the comings and goings of suspicious people, they discover that both murders were committed by the same gang of drug and gun runners, people who will happily kill anyone they catch snooping around. The accumulation of detail may be a bit hard to follow for those who don't share the officers' personal commitment, but they are convincingly thorough, and the two of them along with Bill's lover, Jill Milton are likable, formidable characters. This one's definitely a keeper.
Terribly written - didn’t get past the first few chapters.