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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Harstad Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1969 ISBN: 9781436170796
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In the American heartland, someone is killing cops. The ambush exploded in an Iowa marijuana field. The weapons were high caliber. The pot was high grade. And the reporters said afterward: “We have two known dead…”

Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman knew the dead all right: One was a small-time doper, the other a good cop. But Houseman doesn’t know why they died, or who cut them down in a blaze of automatic rifle fire. Now, as the Feds descend on Nation County, Houseman and his fellow cops are suddenly walking point, searching for answers amidst the violence, treachery, and evil in their own backyard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A complicated little conundrum of a plot that keeps Houseman, the Feds, and the reader guessing all the way through…An author who knows his territory.”

    New York Times

  • “Harstad…advances the scary (and perversely entertaining) notion that people are just as cuckoo in the heartland as they are in the wicked city.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Instantly propels him into the top ranks of mystery writers.”

    Booklist

  • “Hardcore procedural fans will find Carl's second case authentically…realistic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ron McLarty nicely vivifies the characters, keeps the action moving, and best, of all, makes the mind work fascinating.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minda Webber | 5/24/2013

    " This book grips you from the first, a roller-coaster of action. Strong, in your face characters. I love the main character, realistic, solid and a great sense of humor. Every deputy should be him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 5/6/2013

    " Not as good as his first one was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Varner | 4/19/2013

    " Not as good as other Harstad books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Sue | 10/22/2012

    " Iowa, that place where nothing happens. Unless you read Donald Harstad's good mystery series about Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman. This time around we are confronted with a cover operation of marijuana agriculture. The real bad guys are an underground militia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 10/12/2012

    " Wish he would write some more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Temme | 8/27/2012

    " Love Donald's books. Very suspenseful, great moving stories and awesome writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Hauser | 3/9/2012

    " Awesome mystery set near my hometown. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 1/2/2012

    " I love this series and wish for me. Every book is solid and Known Dead is no different. Give this series a shot if you love mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/3/2011

    " What a great book, being from Iowa, I knew right where the events were happening. Can't wait to read another one of his books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/8/2011

    " I love Donald's books he is an amazing author. I did feel like this one took a while to finish. It moved a little slow but it was still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Brooks | 8/24/2010

    " A decent crime novel set in rural Iowa. Easy to read, and entertaining enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/1/2010

    " What a great book, being from Iowa, I knew right where the events were happening. Can't wait to read another one of his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/14/2009

    " Awesome mystery set near my hometown. Love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 8/12/2009

    " A decent crime novel set in rural Iowa. Easy to read, and entertaining enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 3/6/2009

    " Wish he would write some more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Sue | 12/4/2007

    " Iowa, that place where nothing happens. Unless you read Donald Harstad's good mystery series about Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman. This time around we are confronted with a cover operation of marijuana agriculture. The real bad guys are an underground militia.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LJ | 9/15/2007

    " Harstad, Donald-KNOWN DEAD-G+-
    2nd novel, getting better, less dry, Iowa police procedural "

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About the Author

Donald Harstad is a twenty-six-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department in northeastern Iowa, and the author of the acclaimed novels Eleven Days and Known Dead. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Elkader, Iowa.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.