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Nights of the Red Moon

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Small town, meet big crime.

It’s not hard for longtime Sheriff Bo Handel to keep Texas' Caddo County in line. He handles petty crimes and rabble rousers, runs a competent police force and maintains a relationship with his steady girlfriend while keeping things quiet.

But when the local minister’s wife, Amanda Twiller, is murdered and dumped on the church’s front, Bo suddenl
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Minotaur Books
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Caddo County (Texas) Sheriff Bo Handel may usually have enough drunks and petty criminals to deal with to keep busy, if laid back. But when the minister’s wife’s body is found in Reverend Twiller’s front yard, with three bullet holes in her back things escalate quickly. There are a plethora of suspects, including small-time criminals, bankers, lawyers, business owners, drug dealers (both Columbian and local), and at least one Mafia hit man.

I like Sheriff Bo Handel. I like his management s
Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing
"Nights of the Red Moon" is one of the best fast-paced novels I've read this year. Great writing that makes you want to come back for seconds. A riveting plot, imbued with wonderful characterizations of people, you cannot turn the pages fast enough.

Bo Handel, sheriff of Caddo County, Texas, a no-nonsense, smart ass, and sometime gentle man, is in over his head when a local Methodist preacher's wife is found murdered on the front of the church's parsonage. With a mix of greed, violence and lust i
May 30, 2011 Kevintipple rated it it was amazing
Milton T. Burton's third novel sets the stage for a series with a rock solid foundation, interesting characters, and a complex case. Sheriff Bo Handel has been the strong, and at times compassionate, arm of the law in Caddo County, Texas for nearly thirty years. Forty miles away from the Louisiana border and half that north of Nacogdoches, the county is fairly quiet though there have been strange events over the years. With a drought and heat wave gripping the state and painting the Texas moon b ...more
First Sentence: Shortly before sunup on a hot, dry morning in early September of this past year, Amanda Willer, the local Methodist preacher’s wife, was slaughtered and then dumped in front of the church parsonage.`

Nothing is simple anymore. Sheriff Bo Handle certainly did not expect the murder of the minister’s wife. Even less did he expect it would end up being a multi-agency investigation involving local criminals, drug lords and the New Orleans Mafia. So much for the simple life of East Texa
Apr 16, 2011 Stven rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stven by: library
This is competent narrative about a likable modern East Texas sheriff who is just a little bit too pat. Some of the dialog sounds like real East Texas folk talking, but as the book wears on this feels more and more like caricature, and the reliance on cliché becomes more annoying than picturesque. Must we really read three instances of the sheriff joking that something sounds like it's out of a detective novel?

I can't let this one go without complaining about the jacket blurb. Kinky Friedman, bl
Entertaining read featuring a small town sheriff in East Texas. The main character was a real operator, though perhaps a little too good to be true, and I enjoyed the authentic seeming locale.
Apr 07, 2011 Larry rated it really liked it
Beauregard "Bo" Handel, sheriff for nearly thirty years of a small Texas town is used to small-town crimes. When the wife of the local Methodist preacher is killed and dumped in the front yard of the parsonage, Bo knows he is in for an unusual ride. Drugs, adultery, New Orleans mob-connected hit men - all combine to lead Handel and his staff of deputies n a convoluted and dangerous investigation, with a surprising conclusion.

Milton Burton delivers once again his customary treat of genuine Southe
Mar 24, 2011 Viccy rated it it was amazing
Sheriff Bo Handel has run Caddo County in East Texas for 30 years. It's been mostly good. He keeps his nose clean and makes sure the drunks and ne'er do wells keep moving on down the road. Then the Methodist minister's wife's body is dumped on the front lawn of the parsonage and the kid Bo suspects killed her ends up dead, too; both killed with the same gun. Two bodies in three days is not business as usual in Bo's part of the world. Then guns for hire from Houston and Louisiana show up and more ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-texas
East Texas sheriff Bo Handel is not altogether surprised when the minister's wife is found murdered. Amanda Twiller had been fooling around with the owner of a local liquor store, and she was rumored to be abusing prescription drugs. But Bo is surprised when the FBI show up at the crime scene. It's hot and dry in Caddo county, and the first murder triggers a series of crimes that keep Bo, his staff of deputies, the FBI and the local Texas ranger all stretched to capacity and beyond. Bo knows the ...more
Jun 04, 2011 judy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I found this book to be a little uneven. You have your older witty Texas sheriff but when he starts on the case, he's the real deal. This isn't just a crime in a small Texas town, as it first appears--it's huge. He's a total pro and gains access to all the information resources he needs. I expected him to be another Sheriff Walt Longmire but he kept becoming a combo of Law and Order and CSI. I'm not sure he has found his voice since he's rather new at this. I hope he does.
David Josph
Jun 26, 2014 David Josph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
Hats off to Milton T. Burton I miss your works already R.I.P.
Andy Plonka
Jul 09, 2011 Andy Plonka rated it it was ok
Set in east Texas a small town sheriff solves the case of a murdered minister's wife whose body is left on the churchyard lawn. The deceased is not what she first appears to be. Problem with the book is too many characters not defined well enough to keep them all straight in your mind.
Jun 24, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A curmudgeonly small town East Texas sheriff is willing to bend the law the "right" way to achieve justice. Add a twisty turny plot that keeps showing a new face, and you have a very enjoyable mystery. As usual, I got hooked on the characters.
Margaret Dee
Feb 16, 2011 Margaret Dee rated it it was ok
THere is always that moment when you pick a new book. The tipping point for the book was that it was set in Texas, a state I needed for my challenge. I am enjoying the small town setting and the hero sheriff
Oct 03, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it
Set in present day in a small town in East Texas. A good who-dun-it. Drugs, murder, bad guys and good people. A fun read.
Ramya Duvvuru
Mar 11, 2011 Ramya Duvvuru rated it liked it
A good time-pass. The ending seemed a little quick and simpler than I had imagined.
Jun 13, 2011 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: murder, adult, mystery
Small Texas town meets big crime in this mystery by Milton T Burton.
Sep 06, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
Little heavy in biased views about protestants.
Al Stoess
It was o.k. Too many characters.
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