The Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock
Samuel Craddock #6
Seventh Street Books
On Sale: January 3, 2017
Trade Size / e-Book
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Mystery Police Procedural
When the Jarrett Creek Fire Department is called to douse a
blaze on the outskirts of town, they discover a grisly
scene: five black young people have been murdered. Newly
elected Chief of Police Samuel Craddock, just back from a
stint in the Air Force, finds himself an outsider in the
investigation headed by the Texas Highway Patrol. He takes
an immediate dislike to John Sutherland, a racist trooper
Craddockâ€™s fears are realized when Sutherland arrests Truly
Bennett, a young black man whom Craddock knows and respects.
Sutherland cites dubious evidence that points to Bennett,
and Craddock uncovers facts leading in another direction.
When Sutherland refuses to relent, Craddock is faced with a
choice that will define him as a lawmanâ€”either let the
highway patrol have its way, or take on a separate
investigation himself. Although his choice to investigate
puts both Craddock and his family in danger, he perseveres.
In the process, he learns something about himself and the
limits of law enforcement in Jarrett Creek.
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