Briarpatch: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 9, 2003 - Fiction - 336 pages
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“America's best storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review

From Edgar Award-winning author Ross Thomas comes Briarpatch, a thrilling mystery of one man’s personal mission to find justice for his family. Now, the basis for the USA Network television series executive produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

A long-distance call from his small Texas hometown on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister Felicity—born on the same day exactly ten years apart—has died in a car bomb explosion. She was a homicide detective who had perhaps made one enemy too many over the course of her career.

Unwilling to let local law enforcement handle the investigation, Dill arrives in town that night to begin his dogged search for his sister’s killer. What he finds is no surprise to him as he begins to unravel town secrets, because Benjamin Dill is never surprised at what awful things people will do.

Featuring an Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block

Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel

 

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Ben Dill, who works for a Senate subcommittee in Washington, D.C., gets a phone call from the chief of homicide in his home town. His younger sister, a homicide detective, has been killed by a car ... Read full review

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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

The body count in this book really undermines the suspension of disbelief, and the sex scenes, while not of the notoriously (and humorously) bad sort, do really date the book a bit (still hearing the ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
5
CHAPTER 2
9
CHAPTER 3
18
CHAPTER 4
27
CHAPTER 5
37
CHAPTER 6
46
CHAPTER 7
55
CHAPTER 8
65
CHAPTER 21
180
CHAPTER 22
188
CHAPTER 23
198
CHAPTER 24
203
CHAPTER 25
212
CHAPTER 26
221
CHAPTER 27
228
CHAPTER 28
235

CHAPTER 9
71
CHAPTER 10
78
CHAPTER 11
90
CHAPTER 12
99
CHAPTER 13
107
CHAPTER 14
116
CHAPTER 15
123
CHAPTER 16
134
CHAPTER 17
144
CHAPTER 18
154
CHAPTER 19
161
CHAPTER 20
172
CHAPTER 29
244
CHAPTER 30
257
CHAPTER 31
268
CHAPTER 32
274
CHAPTER 33
282
CHAPTER 34
292
CHAPTER 35
301
CHAPTER 36
310
CHAPTER 37
319
CHAPTER 38
327
CHAPTER 39
332
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About the author (2003)

ROSS THOMAS is the author of over twenty-five critically acclaimed novels. His debut, The Cold War Swap, was written in under six weeks and won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and Briarpatch won an Edgar Award for Best Novel. He's also written under the name Oliver Bleeck.

Thomas died in 1995 at the age of 69 in Santa Monica, California.

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