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Fernando Martinez is the reluctant crime boss of a trafficking gang. A fateful day in Northwestern New Mexico brings about a violent grab for power, a sudden upheaval and dire consequences for many. Take an armchair journey to an underworld populated by creation myths, thrilling highs, crushing lows, scenic locales, criminal minds and dramatic suspense. Read PICKER to expe ...more
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Published (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Chad Schimke
Feb 18, 2012 Chad Schimke rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW OF PICKER BY EMILY ZIMMERMAN
"I read "Picker" in one sitting, after I was drawn into a taut, compelling crime story -- first by a sharply detailed, culturally complex and authentic rendering of place (New Mexico) and then by a skillful interweaving of well-articulated characters, parallel main plot and subplots, and events spanning two generations in time ... wherein cause-and-effect defies conventional expectations."
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wally
Sep 30, 2012 wally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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this is the 1st from schimke for me...just finished an Elmore Leonard story...Cat Chaser...got a few more queued up, but figure to give this one a read in between...kindle

picker, 2012
has a dedication:
"this book is dedicated to the acoma pueblo, sky city."

8 chapters...
1. preface
2. san rafael present
3. san rafael past
4. transitions
5. santa fe plaza
6. santa fe relic
7. missing you
8. falling

leonard didn't title his chapters...for what it's worth...there were 21...21 i think, in cat chaser. these chap
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Chad Schimke
Aug 12, 2012 Chad Schimke rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
REVIEW OF PICKER BY EMILY ZIMMERMAN
"I read "Picker" in one sitting, after I was drawn into a taut, compelling crime story -- first by a sharply detailed, culturally complex and authentic rendering of place (New Mexico) and then by a skillful interweaving of well-articulated characters, parallel main plot and subplots, and events spanning two generations in time. I especially appreciated how the consequences of crime in this story play out in invisible, complex, and delayed ways, wherein cause-a
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Martin Fry
PICKER - A crime thriller that mixes southwestern spirituality and historical fiction with a gritty ‘hero’ who is a crime boss. The style was great because the plot went from present to past back to present. I am going to watch this author closely to read new books as soon as they come out.
Picker by Chad Schimke
Wilhelmina Dakota
I like the main character because he is moody and conflicted not a cliché. His references on beautiful scenery art and people are wonderful. This book includes a lot of Indian traditions and culture. It makes me want to spend time in New Mexico.
R.M. Fraser
As for my take on this novel, I thought it was ok overall. There were some things I really enjoyed about the book, and it was mostly Schimke's descriptions of the New Mexico area, as well as when he touched on Native American life of tribes indigenous to the area. I found that Schimke has a knack for the historical aspect of fiction, which was refreshing for me, as I was pretty well parched out from many of the other books I have been reading recently. Schimke has a lot of potential as a writer. ...more
Julie Ramsey
Feb 02, 2013 Julie Ramsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done

I have been to New Mexico when I was younger and one thing I loved about this book was how descriptive it was. I felt like I was there seeing the colors and landscape. Chad Schimke did an awesome job of combining a story of crime with southwestern culture.

Fernando is the main man in this nail biting story that takes you to the edge of your seat and back! ! Fernando's deceased father, Juan Carlos built a family career in crime ! From drugs to their brothel the "Casa Blanca". After Fernando's fat
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 27, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book I would normally pick up, but having seen some bits and pieces about it on Twitter I decided to take the leap and give it a go. I was not disappointed. The author's descriptive talents carried me along with the story. His sense of place is terrific - you can certainly "see" your surroundings while you are reading. There are plenty of twists and turns and I liked how the story was drawn out over past and present. If you like your crime gritty and intriguing then this is for you ...more
Jp
Jul 15, 2013 Jp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the most inarticulate book, I've read in a long time. That it needed an editor was a given. Between the rambling plot, the abrupt ending and the insipid dialogue, I don't know what I disliked more.
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