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The Wowzer

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  13 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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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
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
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
Arkansas will never seem the same after finishing this wild ride. This was one I enjoyed from page 1 till the end.
Kailey Sitzman
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
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Different , but good . Kept me interested. couldn't put it down
.I like his style of writing. would like more from this author
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dark humor, anti-heros
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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).

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
Dark and compelling new novel.
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