Monday, January 31, 2011

What is Milton T. Burton reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Milton T. Burton, author of Nights of the Red Moon and two previous crime novels.

His entry begins:
I used to go through several books a week, but since I started writing I hardly read any more. I just finished Winchester: The Way It Really Was by Pauline Muerrle, the last Winchester Custom Shop engraver. It is available through her website. I recommend it highly.

Now I am slowly making my way through...[read on]
Milton T. Burton has been variously a cattleman, a political consultant, and a college history teacher. Burton lives in Jacksonville, Texas.

Among the early praise for Nights of the Red Moon:
"It [has] a lively and well-crafted plot, but Nights of the Red Moon is most notable for its portrait of small-town Texas…it's a good [novel]: a solid, entirely believable portrait of a particular lawman at work in a specific time and place…"
--Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

"Set in East Texas, Burton's rip-snorting third mystery will appeal to fans of Bill Crider, Ben Rehder, and Kinky Friedman. When the bullet-ridden body of Amanda Twiller turns up in front of her pastor husband's Methodist church, Beauregard "Bo" Handel, the Caddo County sheriff, investigates.... Bo's rowdy "good ole boy" zeal may verge on the outrageous at times, but Burton (The Sweet and the Dead) has a created a cowboy hero that readers will want to see more of. "
--Publishers Weekly

"The local minister's wife is found murdered on her front lawn, but Sheriff Bo Handel and his deputies also have to deal with a number of other criminal activities going on in Sequoya County, TX.... Burton's ... down-home, good-old-boy narrative will appeal to mystery readers who enjoy a fresh voice."
--Library Journal
Read chapter one of Nights of the Red Moon, and learn more about the novel at the publisher's website.

Visit Milton T. Burton's blog.

My Book, The Movie: Nights of the Red Moon.

The Page 69 Test: Nights of the Red Moon.

Writers Read: Milton T. Burton.

--Marshal Zeringue