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The Devil's Right Hand by J. D. Rhoades
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Jun 07, 08

bookshelves: mystery, north-carolina, detective-series
Read in May, 2008

How could I resist a book that takes its title from a Steve Earle song? Of course it's a song about handguns, ("Mama says a pistol is a devil's right hand.") and there are lots of handguns in this book. Not to mention shotguns and automatics and various other types of devices capable of killing another human being.

I enjoyed this book. It takes place in my neck of the woods and there is a kind of vicarious thrill reading about all this action (murder, beatings, car chases and kidnapping) taking place in Fayetteville, Robeson County and Brunswick County, which is just across the bridge from Wilmington, NC.

Rhoades populates the book with an interesting cast of characters, the Lumbee Indian Raymond, the hapless good old boys Dewayne and Leonard, the crooked cops in Fayetteville NC, and of course, bail bond enforcer Jack Keller.
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