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Wild Pitch
A.B. Guthrie Jr.
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Wild Pitch (The Sheriff Chick Charleston Mysteries #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews

After Buster Hogue is shot at the annual town picnic, plenty of motives appear, but no clues point to the sniper. A lot of people had reason to dislike Hogue or even to wish him dead because of personal and unhappy experience, but grudges don’t count in the absence of evidence.

Chick Charleston, the small-town Montana sheriff, has had no experience with this kind of case, t

Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1973)
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David Williams
Buster Houge is an ornery old man, but while none of his neighbors hate him no one really wants to kill him. At least that is what everyone says. There is only one problem: someone shot Buster in the head at a nighttime picnic. Now it is up to Sheriff Chick Charleston to find out who that person is. The Sheriff is a man with an interesting past, but he is not accustomed to hunting a murderer. When the murderer strikes again the stakes are raised. Will Charleston be able to prevent another murder ...more
The author developed an interesting plot for a murder mystery, had some intriguing characters for the book; but the story fizzled. The location is a western small town, sometime in the twentieth century, but the speech patterns and dialogue did not match the time period. Unless the author wants us to believe this is a town full of illiterates? I found this to be very distracting and was unable to enjoy the book.
Jon Smith
One of Guthries later novels, an interesting murder mystery in a small Montana town. The sheriff who is the protagonist lead character is reminiscent of a James Garner character,(Nichols?) in one of his later TV shows. A fun read without all the politics of an Arkady Renko story...
This is a wonderfully written mystery which takes place during the '70s in the foothills of Montana. Guthrie has a very engaging way with words. The story is told from the point of view of a seventeen year old almost deputy who is the sidekick of a small town Chick Charleston. There are two murders to solve in an area where this is an unknown happening. This is accomplished with humor, nice pace and an occasional poetic turn of phrase by Pulitzer Prize winner Guthrie. I want to read more from th ...more
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Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (January 13, 1901 – April 26, 1991) was an American novelist, screenwriter, historian, and literary historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction during 1950 for his novel The Way West. The author called himself "Bud" because he felt that Alfred Bertram was "a sissy name."

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