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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9 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: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455194667
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Attending the Yaqui tribe’s Easter ceremonies in Tucson should have been a dream come true for a Cheyenne wannabe shaman like Mad Dog. But, Mad Dog is accused of being a witch. Moments later, a policeman is murdered and Mad Dog is blamed. Mad Dog’s niece, Heather English, a part-time deputy for her father in Kansas, combs Tucson’s mean streets to arrange a peaceful surrender or to clear her uncle’s name by finding the real killer. Meanwhile, someone has blown Mad Dog’s house off the face of the Great Plains. Sheriff English investigates that crime and acts as a long-distance go-between for Arizona law enforcement and his daughter and brother. Is this crime somehow linked to Mad Dog’s recent activity with an online role-playing game?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The crimes, connected by the hypnotic War of Worldcraft computer game, ensure headlong pace and wrenching plot twists, but the book’s real strength is the way it depicts computer gaming’s destruction of the player’s ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy, with such actual consequences as election fixing and police corruption.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Full of outrageous humor and a plot that will leave even the most jaded readers demanding more, Hayes’s latest gives Janet Evanovich a run for the wackiest characters and most bizarre plots in crime fiction.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Readers of this series (Broken Heartland, Prairie Gothic) know that when the English family is involved, nothing is what it appears to be and the outcome is never what anyone expects. Full of outrageous humor and a plot that will leave even the most jaded readers demanding more, Hayes’ latest gives Janet Evanovich a run for the wackiest characters and most bizarre plots in crime fiction.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlis | 8/8/2013

    " We enjoyed listening to this book on the cd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/7/2013

    " The usual good mystery within the goofiness of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Normalene | 7/15/2012

    " Not as good as the first one but I still liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitty | 3/22/2012

    " The mystery part pretty good, but I did not care for all of the gaming references. I don't have an avatar, and probably never will. Lots of violence described graphically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 11/6/2011

    " A good quick mystery, but too many characters and a lot of the action is unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wileyacez | 8/19/2011

    " Hayes brought in online gaming and tied the plot to election rigging. I have to confess that I reached a certain point where I just jumped to the end to get the shake down on this one--running out of steam on my mystery phase, not really that the book wasn't good to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 6/9/2010

    " The usual good mystery within the goofiness of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 8/14/2009

    " A good quick mystery, but too many characters and a lot of the action is unbelievable.




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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitty | 7/15/2009

    " The mystery part pretty good, but I did not care for all of the gaming references. I don't have an avatar, and probably never will. Lots of violence described graphically. "

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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.”

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.