Peach Creek: A Briarcliff Lane Novel
Author: Adler Duncan
Series: Volume 3
The Eagle Ford Shale is proving to be as productive as a Middle East oil field, and Willy Mraznik is hell-bent on getting his share. An independent wildcatter, Willy punches holes in the ground up and down the Peach Creek valley using second-rate machinery won in a poker game.
When a drilling hand goes missing, detective Buddy McCoy stumbles onto evidence of a crime, and Willy becomes the prime suspect. As the investigation develops, Buddy's allegiance is challenged and the detective becomes the target of suspicion from police and criminals alike.
Set against the backdrop of modern-day Texas oil exploration, Peach Creek is a story about a man who fights for his share of the treasure and those who become entangled in his quest for wealth. From the author of Briarcliff Lane, Peach Creek explores the sinister side of the fictional residents of small town Gonzales.
When a man goes missing, detective Buddy McCoy is determined to fit all the pieces together and solve the crime but ends up turning into a suspect himself. Will he be able to find out what happened and keep himself out of trouble or will it remain a mystery?
I was interested in reading this book as soon as I read the description. I like murder/mystery books and I've never read one that was set in the oilfield. My fiance has worked on drilling rigs for many years so I knew I had to give this book a shot. I'm not sure how accurate all of the drilling rig descriptions were, I'd have to have my honey read it, but you can tell that the author has done a lot of research or has quite a bit of knowledge in that area.
This novel has so many twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. The conclusion actually surprised me which I was happy about because I can normally predict the ending of this type of book. I was also laughing thoughout the entire book which is rare for a murder/mystery story which made it all the better for me. I found it to be very humorous, especially Buddy and his amnesia! *hehe*
I have not read volumes 1 or 2 so I can't compare this book to them but I really liked this one! I definitely look forward to reading more by this author.
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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