Ain't Nobody Nobody

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Polis Books, Sep 24, 2019 - Fiction - 336 pages
Still reeling from the scandal that cost him his badge, Randy Mayhill--fallen lawman, dog rescuer, Dr Pepper enthusiast--sees a return from community exile in the form of a dead hog trapper perched on a fence. The fence belongs to the late Van Woods, Mayhill's best friend and the reason for his spectacular fall. Determined to protect Van's land and family from another scandal, Mayhill ignores the sherriff who replaced him and investigates the death of the unidentified man. His quest crosses with two others: Birdie, Van's surly, mourning daughter, who has no intention of sitting idly by and leaving her father's legacy in Mayhill's hands; and Bradley, Birdie's slow, malnourished but loyal friend, whose desperation to escape a life of poverty has him working with local criminals, and possibly a murderer. A riveting debut novel about family and loyalty, old grudges and new lives, AIN'T NOBODY NOBODY is like a cross between Faulkner and "Breaking Bad", from a talented new writer with an authentic Texas voice.

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Ain’t Nobody Nobody

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Set in rural Texas in 1996, Ellett’s auspicious debut boasts a cast of zany characters, starting with former sheriff Randy Mayhill, who resides alone in a small house, hunts wild hogs with his three ... Read full review

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Ain’t Nobody Nobody by Heather Harper Ellett
Tragedy seem to find many of the characters in this book. The existence of all seems to be difficult with little money or food not much to look forward
to. What one is wiling to do to make money gets some into trouble. Suicide, Murder, mysteries, drugs and money may or may not balance out friendship, family and community in this story. I came away feeling a little bit dirty at the end of the book and wishing that there had been “more” for those who survived and also for those that didn’t. In the end, though the feral hogs were being trapped and killed it seemed they survived and thrived better than t he humans.
Was the book well written? Yes
Did I enjoy it? On the fence
Would I read more by this author? Maybe
Thank you to NetGalley and Polis Books for the ARC – this is my honest review.
3-4 Stars
 

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About the author (2019)

Born and raised in in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Heather Harper Ellett is a graduate of SMU and a therapist in private practice. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Her debut novel, AIN'T NOBODY NOBODY, is available now from Polis Books. Follow her at @heatherellett.

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