The Maggody Militia

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1998 - Fiction - 264 pages
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Maggody, Arkansas, is a peaceful little Ozarks town snuggled in the heartland of America...until a group of camouflage-clad patriots march in with maneuvers and murder, Suddenly, Chief of Police Arly Hanks has her hands full: burglars are breaking into houses; the mayor is missing; and a survivalist has just been killed. Which leaves Arly hunting for a motive, a means, and a murderer. Wisely, she reckons there isn't a secret government conspiracy behind this homicide -- just the usual human evils of blind ambition, big money, and deadly obsessions!

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User Review  - Bjace - LibraryThing

When an outside militia group comes to Maggody for maneuvers and tries to recruit new blood during hunting season, their star recruit is Kevin Buchanon, Maggody's biggest chump. When Kevin's maneuver ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The latest dispatch from Maggody, Ark., shows the town besieged by militant survivalists who'd be more threatening if their incompetence didn't rival the burlesque follies of the natives. The ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Joan Hess is a writer and educator. She was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1949. She received a B.A. in art from the University of Arkansas in 1971 and an M.A. in education from Long Island University in 1974. For several years, she taught art in a private preschool. She has lectured at Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Arkansas, Rice University, and Xavier University. She is also a columnist for Mystery Scene Magazine. From 1982 to 1984, she wrote 10 unpublished romance novels. In 1986, she published Strangled Prose, which was chosen as the best first novel in the 1986 Drood Review Readers Poll and nominated for an Anthony Award. She is the author of Claire Malloy Mystery series and the Arly Hanks Mystery series. A Diet to Die For won the American Mystery Award for best traditional novel of 1989. A short story, "Too Much to Bare," received the Agatha Award and the McCavity Award in 1991. She also writes under the pen name Joan Hadley.

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