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Cover Image For 'The Devil's Country' By Harry HunsickerFormer Texas Ranger Arlo Baines didn’t come to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs to cause trouble. After his wife and children were murdered, Arlo just wants to be left alone. Moving from place to place seems to be the only thing that eases the pain of his family’s violent end.

But a chance encounter outside a bar forces him to rescue a terrified woman and her children from mysterious attackers. When the woman turns up murdered the next day—her children missing—Arlo becomes the primary suspect in exactly the same type of crime he is trying desperately to forget.

Haunted by the fate of his family, and with the police questioning the existence of the dead woman’s children, Arlo decides it’s his duty to find them. The question is, just how deep will he have to sink into the dusty secrets of Piedra Springs to save them and clear his name?

Image Of Author Harry HunsickerHarry Hunsicker, a fourth generation Dallas resident and commercial real estate appraiser , is the former executive vice-president of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of several crime thrillers. His work has been short-listed for both the Shamus and Thriller Awards.

Harry’s story, “West of Nowhere,” originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, was selected for inclusion in the anthology “The Best American Mystery Stories 2011.”

This, his seventh novel, “The Devil’s Country”, will be published in March 2017 by Thomas & Mercer.

For all the latest news check in at Harry’s website

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My Kindle download, courtesy of NetGalley, followed a review opportunity gift from Claire McGloughlin, of Little Bird Publicity, which introduces Harry’s first stand alone novel to readers; or might that possibly be, the first story in another great new series!

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • I like the sound of The Devil’s Country. A crime story set in Texas really appeals and the plot sounds interesting. Happy reading in 2017, Yvonne. 🙂

    • Hi Cath,

      Harry has already introduced his readers to two great mystery series ‘Jon Cantrell’ and ‘Lee Henry Oswald’, so I am hoping that ‘Arlo Baines’ is going to turn into another such series of mysteries.

      Being a Dallas native, Harry has definitely decided to centre all his stories around geographical areas which he presumably knows quite well and with main protagonists whose core characteristics and behaviours he is probably all too familiar with.

      Even though this is one of my favourite genres, this is perhaps not one of my usual styles of storyline, so I am looking forward to trying something new!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed your Bank Holiday Monday 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Harry certainly seems to have proved his worth in the mystery writing genre, doesn’t he?

      There is so much competition in just about all the different genres these days, that to be nominated for an award, an author definitely needs to be outstanding and Harry’s ratings and reviews have been consistently high throughout.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and I hope that 2017 is going to be a good year for you 🙂

  • This is a new author to me. The book sounds really good and I will be interested in your thoughts.
    Thanks for linking at MM.
    Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      Thanks for stepping into Vicki’s shoes as part of the Mailbox Monday team and I look forward to sharing some more great link ups in 2017.

      Best Wishes for the New Year and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Thanks Mary, I’m sure I shall, I love any good thriller / mystery!

      I hope that your Christmas / New Year celebrations were good and I am sending all Best Wishes for 2017 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Harry sounds very much like a ‘dyed in the wool’ Texan, so in the scheme of things, he is quite close to you geographically. I too, think that the cover art of ‘The Devil’s Country’ reflects all that is Texan, as does the cover art from his previous novels, which are all very minimalist with bold splashes of colour.

      I have worked with Little Bird Publicity on a number of projects now, so despite my best intentions to curb my review list, I couldn’t say ‘no’ to any requests they might make, especially when they have some excellent well established authors and such fantastic new talent as part of their portfolio.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out the post, as always I appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I didn’t manage to complete my present book before the end of the year, so at least it will count towards my 2017 reading challenge goal, although it would have been good to begin 2017 with a clean slate!

      I hope that your New Year is a good one and I am sending you all Best Wishes 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Harry is a new to me author also, although he has been on the published fiction writing circuit since 2005, so he is definitely not new to the game!

      His dual series mysteries have both received some excellent ratings and reviews, so as a great fan of the genre, I am looking forwrad to catching up with some new characters.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that your Christmas and New Year plans all worked out for you and wish you and yours all the best for 2017. Everything is back to normal today, Thank Goodness 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      Ah! This is only the introduction post for ‘The Devil’s Country’, now that I have accepted the review request. Exactly when the book is going to work its way to the top of mount TBR is an entirely different matter. My New Year’s wish is to make new requests hit the pages as soon as possible, but I’m still not quite sure how I am going to make that happen!

      ‘Deacon’s Folly’, the book which I was half way through at the start of 2017 is far exceeding my expectations, so I do have a promising start to my reading year anyway.

      Thanks for visiting this week. I have lost all track of the days with the extra Bank Holiday and Tuesday has arrived without me realising it. Have a great reading week 🙂

Written by Yvonne