Bob Reynolds is living an isolated and lonely life after losing his wife. He lives in a run down home out in the middle of nowhere. He has a problem with alcohol and is struggling to be a writer. One morning he finds a dead body in the creek by his house. Since he doesn't have a phone he has to make a bit of a journey to let the sheriff know what happened. When they return to the spot the body is gone. This episode leads Bob into a mystery that shows him secrets that the towns people do not want him to know.
This was enjoyable for the most part. I found the writing style a bit odd. It's not something I could put my finger on but it didn't really work for me. The main character was interesting and was quirky and unique and I really like that in my stories. The townspeople were a bit of stereotypes but I haven't traveled in that part of the US so maybe that's opinion. Maybe it is a realistic portrayal. It felt a bit like the movie Deliverance. The town is definitely not somewhere most of us would want to end up in.
This was a solid story with a solid mystery and will probably appeal to those of you who enjoy different, darker type stories. I liked it well enough to try something else by this author.
"Burn What Will Burn is a gritty, gripping mystery and an enthralling character study of its poet-protagonist, who is self-exiled and bedeviled by the locals, the summer Arkansas heat, and his own past. I was hooked by sentence one and burned right through the pages."?Michael Kardos, author of Before He Finds Her
Bob Reynolds doesn't recognize the body in the creek, but he does recognize the danger of it. He's a newcomer to town, not entirely welcome, and not entirely on good footing with the sheriff. So far he's kept his head down, mostly over the bar at the Crow's Nest. But he has interests other than drinking and spending his inheritance, including one that goes by the name Tammy Fay Smith and who may have caught the sheriff's eye as well.
Reynolds would rather pretend he never saw the body, but when it disappears, he begins to doubt what little he knew about this secretive town, a town that seems to become more unwelcoming by the day. Try as he might, he just can't forget the body, despite the advice he's been given to do so, and despite the evidence to suggest that he might be disappearing himself soon enough.
Following his acclaimed, award-winning debut, Burn What Will Burn confirms CB McKenzie as a one-of-a-kind crime novelist with an unforgettably original voice.