Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ten top crime novels with small-town settings & big social issues

Terry Shames grew up in Texas, and her Samuel Craddock series, set in the fictitious town of Jarrett Creek, is based on the fascinating people, landscape, and culture of the small town where her grandparents lived.

The first book in the series A Killing at Cotton Hill received the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery of 2013.

The newest (and eighth) book in the series is A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary.

At CrimeReads, Shames tagged ten favorite crime novels that "use small-town settings to explore the day's most important and complex issues," including:

Craig Johnson, Depth of Winter

Issue: Organized Crime

Walt Longmire, Craig Johnson’s sheriff and hero of fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, tackles the issue of drugs in Depth of Winter. The head of a violent cartel has kidnapped his daughter. The American and Mexican governments are reluctant to step in, and Walt becomes a one-man army against the cartel.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue