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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. M. Hayes Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mad Dog & Englishman Mysteries Release Date:
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On a bleak Christmas morning, Sewa Tribal Police Officer Heather English patrols a desolate canyon on the Arizona reservation. Back in Kansas, her father, the sheriff of Benteen County, is lonely enough with no family around to go in to work at his office. On the way, Sheriff English calms a wild incident in a church parking lot. Then he hears of a death threat. The crèche, at the center of the town’s largest holiday yard display, has been desecrated, and its owner plans to kill the neighbors he suspects are responsible.

To keep their husband and father home, his family gives the sheriff the man’s guns and promises not to let him make trouble. Soon the county fills with rumors that the sheriff is systematically violating Second Amendment rights and seizing every weapon. A local militia turns out, locked and loaded and ready to do whatever it takes to stop him.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, Heather stumbles on the newly elected governor, newly murdered. A note explains that his death is part of a drug war, and his killer promises Heather that she will be among the victims. Her Uncle Mad Dog, a Cheyenne wannabe shaman, is involved. Someone thinks Mad Dog is a drug lord and sends him a last minute gift—a severed human hand.

Careful police work, a little Cheyenne magic, and maybe a Christmas miracle are needed to restore peace on earth. One slip, however, will mean that Mad Dog, Sheriff English, and Heather will rest in peace—eternally.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book’s wry tone doesn’t hide the author’s contempt for irresponsible leaders and the yahoos who mindlessly follow them. Hayes cares about the English family with their enduring sanity and resilience, and so will readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this always entertaining series, Hayes never fails to mix action and humor in an engaging manner.”

    Booklist

  • “Biting satire inside a strong suspense thriller.”

    Harriet Klausner

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kilian Metcalf | 10/6/2013

    " A cross between murder mystery & screwball comedy. Somehow it works. If you like your mayhem with a light touch, these are the books for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karin Wollina | 9/12/2013

    " I love the Stories from Bentin County. Fast paced,very funny and thoughtful, I really recommed it highly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debra | 8/24/2012

    " Drug wars in Arizona. Pee pisses folks off in Kansas. What is the world coming to? The English family is back, trying to keep order. Of course there is the usual mayhem with Hailey the Wolf perhaps showing the most maturity of all of them. And we wouldn't have it any other way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Normalene | 7/13/2011

    " Again, I loved the first one and this one was pretty good with some interesting developments. "

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About the Author

J. M. Hayes was born and raised on the flat earth of central Kansas where his Mad Dog & Englishman series takes place. He graduated from Wichita State University and did postgraduate work at the University of Arizona. He shares a home in Tucson with his wife, two computers, four thousand or so books, two German Shepherds, and a Scottish “Terror.”