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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.