My favorite stories are the ones where a motley crew saves the day.
Especially in a mystery, it's essential that we find resolve, courage, and self sacrifice in unexpected places. When an author brings together a crazy mix of people- most of them slightly disturbed, so I can relate- that resulting book will get my attention.
And if you tell me that the title of that book is Southern Heat, then I know I'll have to read it. Ever since watching eight seasons of In The Heat of The Night, Southern who-done-its have been my go to favorite stories.
Southern Heat didn't disappoint.
Brack Pelton is the best kind of hero, the kind with a troubled spirit. He describes himself as "A train wreck looking for a major intersection."
He's still grieving his beloved Jo, the woman who made him a better man. She died too soon, and so Brack played tough.
He went in the USMC at 29 and came out hard drinking, fast driving, and ill at ease without his firearms close at hand.
He wouldn't admit it, but he has kept his gentle side. It's buried deep, but it's increasingly obvious throughout the book.
That's what makes him so likable. That and his attitude, expressed in a sharp, dry wit.
Now he's got a murder case to solve, and it's deeply personal.
Uncle Reggie, the only blood family that Brack isn't estranged from, died in his arms in an alley after an inexplicable shooting.
Uncle Reggie the Vietnam Vet.
Uncle Reggie, owner of the Pirate's Cove bar.
Uncle Reggie, whom Brack knows so well.
Except maybe Uncle Reggie wasn't such an open book after all.
Prepare yourself for a fast, engaging ride. You'll have to hang on as tight as if you were in the passenger seat of Brack's Mustang.
He's about to chase leads- and suspects- all over Charleston. And you're going with him. Into the grit of the city, the darkness of man's choices and man's appetites, the depth of man's corruption and deceit.
In the words of Brother Thomas, "A man can't avoid reaping what he sows."
Thank you Pump Up Your Book Tours for my copy of this book.
David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.