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Author: Reavis Z. Wortham Narrator: Traber Burns Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Red River Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781481572750
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Lyndon B. Johnson is president, Beatlemania is in overdrive, and gasoline costs thirty cents a gallon when Ned Parker retires as constable in Center Springs, Texas. But his plan to live a quiet life as a cotton farmer is torpedoed. A phone call leads Ned to a body in the Red River and into the urgent investigation headed by his nephew, the newly elected constable Cody Parker. Together they work to head off a multistate killing spree that sets northeast Texas on fire.

As the weeks pass, Ned’s grandchildren, ten-year-old Top and his tomboy cousin Pepper, struggle with personal issues resulting from their traumatic experiences at the Rock Hole only months before. They now find themselves in the middle of a nightmare for which no one can be prepared.

Cody and Deputy John Washington, the law south of the tracks, follow a lead from their small community to the long-abandoned Cotton Exchange warehouse in Chisum, which they are stunned to find packed full of the town’s cast-off garbage and riddled with booby-trapped passageways and dark burrows. Despite Ned’s warnings, Cody enters the building and finds himself relying on his recent military experiences to save both himself and Big John. Unfortunately, the trail doesn’t end there, and the killing spree continues.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outstanding…Wortham combines the gonzo sensibility of Joe R. Lansdale and the elegiac mood of To Kill a Mockingbird to strike just the right balance between childhood innocence and adult horror.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Full of quirky characters and plenty of action, this fast-paced historical mystery will appeal to readers who enjoy rural settings.” 


  • “With atmosphere so thick you can breathe it, and characters so real you can touch them, Reavis Z. Wortham’s Burrows is a book worth putting all others aside to read. Clear a space on your bookshelves, folks, because the real deal has arrived.”

    John Gilstrap, author of Threat Warning and Damage Control

  • “In Burrows, Reavis Wortham juxtaposes gruesome crimes with a bucolic sixties landscape. It’s a surprisingly intense combination that kept me awake nights after not being able to put the book down. Wortham’s writing makes scenes and characters come to life.” 

    Charlotte Rains Dixon, author of Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior and director emeritus of the Writer’s Loft

  • “A ripping good tale.”

    Jan Reid, author of Comanche Sundown

  • “As in Ned’s debut, his grandchildren, Top and Pepper, are on hand to provide welcome humor and lend perspective to the acutely and unobtrusively observed small-town landscape. The result is that rare bird, a mystery with something for everyone.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shirley | 10/5/2013

    " Good mystery taking place in Texas near the Red River where a body is discovered tangled in a fisherman's trotline. This is the sequel to Rock Hole, but after requesting both from the library, this one came in first. I have now received RH and plan to begin it next week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nic | 8/5/2013

    " as I didn't read any synopsis, it was a pleasant surprise "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/25/2013

    " its was good story with no way to guess the answer until the last chapters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 3/1/2013

    " Reavis Z. Wortham's BURROWS has the wonderful, rich characters and local flare that reminds me of one of my favorite authors, C.J. Box, while scaring me to death with the simplest, every day items that reminds me of a Stephen King nightmare. Fabulous, character driven thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/23/2013

    " I loved it as much as I did his other book "The Rock Hole." For the same reasons--takes me right back to the 1960s when LBJ was president and the Beatles were hot. And kids spent time with their grandparents-- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/19/2013

    " Withhold'n mah ratin' til after bookclub. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 11/8/2012

    " The second book of the series was good, but since I am mildly claustrophobic, I had to skim through some of the scenes in the killer's lair. I still like the characters and the setting, and I hope Mr. Wortham continues. "

About the Author

Reavis Z. Wortham, as a boy, hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for his fictional Center Springs. He is the author of Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café and the acclaimed Red River mysteries. Novels in his Red River Mystery series have been named a Best Book of the Year by the Dallas Morning News, Strand Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews. He is the humor editor for and frequent contributor to Texas Fish and Game Magazine. His work has also appeared in American Cowboy, Texas Sporting Journal, and several other magazines. He is retired after spending thirty-five years as an educator.

About the Narrator

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.