Death in West Wheeling
by Michael Allen Dymmoch
Five Star Mysteries, Hardcover,
182 pages, Hardcover, $25.95
Who knew author Michael Dymmoch, who has written such solid noir mysteries
as "White Tiger," "The Fall" and "M.I.A.", could put together such a funny,
even hilarious novel as this one, set in a small town in West Virginia, or
somewhere close by? Homer Deter is currently acting sheriff and he has to
investigate the mysterious disappearance of a teacher at a local missionary
This case is just the start of something bigger. Before long, Acting
Sheriff Deter is faced with three more disappearances, an odd-acting ATF
agent in search of illicit stills, a few apparently random motor vehicle
accidents, and including a twenty-three car pileup right in the middle of
town. And the funny thing is, all these incidents eventually connect. That
even includes the full-grown escaped tiger locked in the post office.
Author Dymmoch has some trenchant things to say about relationships between
men and women, and about the state of our society. It's all wrapped in fine
writing, a really excellent if skewed sense of our society, and some dandy
plotting. Pick up this good short novel. You'll be glad you did.
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