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The Wowzer

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
In the Arkansas Ozarks, old-timers spin tales of the Wowzer, a giant panther-like creature that decapitates those who wander too far into the woods. County sheriff's deputy Jerry was raised on Wowzer stories, but they aren?t enough to stop him from carrying out his own business in the remote hills. Jerry's more than a sheriff's deputy; he moonlights as muscle for local dru ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Thomas and Mercer
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Jul 02, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-edition
I admit it, the blurbs for the book sucked me in: “One part Dexter, one part Southern gothic, with a dash of psychosis for good measure...” and “darkly comic debut.” That sounds like something I'd like. Unfortunately, this book just didn't work for me. The narrator, a psychopath working for a corrupt sheriff, just didn't interest me much. He was extremely violent but it seemed it was violence for shock value, not really adding much to the story. Ho-hum, how many people are going to meet ghastly ...more
Tim Niland
Jan 14, 2016 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
The Wowzer is a vicious panther reputed to live in the hill country of Arkansas where Jerry is a sheriffs deputy and enforcer for boss Tom Haskell who runs a ruthless protection scheme for narcotics production and transportation in the area. Jerry's girlfriend is Maggie, a local doctor whom he once saved and he is deeply in love with. Jerry is a loyal soldier brutally maiming and killing all those who get in the way of the drug operation, until things start to unravel. Maggie finds out that Jerr ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
So, the dialect throughout the book can get a little distracting, and it's unclear to me why the female character would sometimes (mostly) speak with the dialect and sometimes not, and her equally-educated brother was never written with a dialect that I remember. So that could be hard for people to get through, although it does set the tone really well to keep you grounded in the setting.

I may change this to 4 stars instead of 3, I haven't decided yet... basically we're following a slasher story
Aric Davis
Oct 26, 2012 Aric Davis rated it it was amazing
I loved this one! Reminded me-in a good way-of some of Daniel Woodrell's stuff, mixed with some truly twisted typically urban crime fiction. Highly recommended.
Rod  Norman
Mar 03, 2012 Rod Norman rated it it was amazing
Arkansas will never seem the same after finishing this wild ride. This was one I enjoyed from page 1 till the end.
Kailey Sitzman
Jun 03, 2013 Kailey Sitzman rated it really liked it
Being a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Frank Wheeler's books was included into our classes. I love reading novels where we get to meet the author and we were able to hold a question and answer session with Frank. He is such a down to earth amazing guy. This book is a complete 180 from his personality. While the main character is ruthless and humanized only by his four legged companion, Frank is warm and very friendly. This novel takes you an a roller coaster ride through the ...more
jeannine d. silva
Jun 06, 2014 jeannine d. silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Different , but good . Kept me interested. couldn't put it down
.I like his style of writing. would like more from this author
May 08, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Backwoods justice. If you like "Justified" or the books that's based off of then you'd probably like this.
Jun 29, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of dark humor, anti-heros
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Dec 31, 2013 John rated it liked it
Interesting how the narrator gradually is becoming undone as the story goes on. The Arkansas accent written into the narrative sometimes throws me off. I sometimes have to read a sentence 2 or 3 times before I understand it. I've finished 7 chapters as of this writing (3/14/2013).
Jake Owens
Oct 03, 2015 Jake Owens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Think, "Elmore Leonard." If Raylan Givens were a bad guy, he'd be Jerry.
Jun 11, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it

It took a little time to get into the Arkansas Ozark dialect but enjoyed the story.
John Rogers
Bloody, action-packed. But evokes characters and places that keep one in the story.
Angela Neese
Can't wait to read my cousins new book!!
M. Myers
Oct 24, 2012 M. Myers rated it really liked it
Dark and compelling new novel.
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