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All Men Fear Me (Alafair Tucker #8)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The U.S. has finally entered the First World War and scheduled the first draft lottery. No one in Boynton, Oklahoma, is unaffected by the clash between rabid pro-war, anti-immigrant "patriots" and anti-conscription socialists, who are threatening an uprising rather than submit to the draft. Alafair Tucker is caught in the middle when her brother, a union organizer for the ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Judith Starkston
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m a fan of Donis Casey’s Alafair Tucker mysteries set in Oklahoma. Her series starts with The Old Buzzard Had it Coming in 1912. With this latest, Casey moves us up to 1917 when WWI is casting a long sinister shadow on Alafair’s large family in Boynton. The newly established draft and pro-war sentiment threatens to pull her older boys and her daughters’ husbands into the kind of danger that Alafair won’t be able to protect them from. That is a tough situation for a mother who for years has use ...more
Cathy Cole
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alafair Tucker has been likened to Ma Joad in Steinbeck's classic, The Grapes of Wrath. In many ways that is a perfect description, and if she is Ma Joad, her brother Rob is Tom Joad. America's entry into World War I seemingly brings all the world's problems right to the doorstep of small Boynton, Oklahoma, and as author Donis Casey describes the world Alafair Tucker and her family are living in, readers are reminded that things really haven't changed all that much in a century.

One of the things
Rosemary Nichols
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the best of the Alafair Tucker books because of its subject matter. The general reader knows relatively little about the Home Front in the First World War. At least in rural Oklahoma as presented in this book, that was a pretty scary place. There were radicals on the anti-war and anti-German fronts. The threat and reality of sabotage is a constant theme. The citizen policing of neighbors for meatless meals and other effort in support of the war was virulent. Violence is near the ...more
All Men Fear Me did exactly what I think the authors and publishers hope books will do on Netgalley: it made me love the author and look forward to reading everything she's written. It won a fan. I loved this book from the moment I saw the character list: there's "Gee Dub, age 20, a college student" … "Charlie, age 16, looking for action" then three younger daughters of the family, "a beauty", "a tomboy", and "a handful".

I hate coming in in the middle of a series. Authors so often do a terrible
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in the Alafair Tucker mystery series and like her characters, Donis Casey is maturing. It's now 1917 and the U.S. has just entered the First World War. Along with the rest of America, Boynton, Oklahoma is losing its innocence what with the draft, unions, and "patriots" inciting violence with anti-immigrant sentiments. Of course, there's a murder or two for Alafair to contend with along with her fears for her family's safety, but it seems that it is the cruelty, fear and s ...more
Susan Emmet
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I haven't read any Casey mysteries before and I was more intrigued by all Oklahoman and labor history that roots the book.
Although I was a bit bothered by the short chapters which marred the plot flow for me, I did find the characterization spot on. The family matriarch, Alafair Tucker, finds herself caring willingly for so many kids and grandkids and neighbors, and is forced to confront the reality of internment camps, xenophobia, socialist labor philosophy, sabotage, murder, anti-German sentim
Barb in Maryland
One of the best entries in this series. The mystery was so-so (we pretty much knew who the murderer was early on, though there was a nice twist to the identity of the saboteur.
What was outstanding was the depiction of the town dynamics as the U.S. entered WWI. The paranoia, the bullying (those Knights of Liberty are one scary bunch), the general atmosphere of neighbor vs. neighbor are chillingly portrayed. The chapter headings (excerpts from government speeches and documents)add to the forebodin
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All Men Fear Me by Donis Casey is the eighth book in the Alafair Tucker series. This is a historical mystery series set in Oklahoma in the early twentieth century. This is an awesome series that I highly recommend.

All Men Fear Me is set during World War I. America is finally entering the world war and the young men are eager to sign up. Alafair is worried that her two sons will want to sign up. And she is also worried about her German born son-in-law. All Men Fear Me realistically portrays the s
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donis Casey has written a series of books based on a family in Oklahoma. Usually they feature the mom, Alafair, and one of her kids. She tries to paint a picture of the times, the politics, the things of everyday life. This time it's focus is on the run up to WWI, the draft, the fear of government, of Germans, the racism, Union tactics. It is oddly similar to right now, 100 years later. The creepy part is the way townspeople were encouraged to report one another for "seditious" activity. For exa ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All Men Fear Me by Donis Casey is excellent book in The Alafair Tucker series. It's a wonderful story of a family living in a town in Oklahoma during the beginning of World War 1, and how it has an effect on the family. During which a family member arrives who is a union organizer, sabotage at a brick plant, several murders and a mysterious stranger who has a distinctive white scar & wears a bowler hat. Very interesting twist in the story that was truly unexpected!!
As this is the 8th book in
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sabotage, murders, unionizers, and patriots clash, tearing families apart in Oklahoma as the United States prepares to enter World War One. Author Casey presents a realistic portrayal of life for one family caught between pro-war and anti-war relatives and neighbors. They find their loyalties are questioned when they fail to shun their German emigrant relatives. At the center is Alafair, a farmwife, who has to find a murderer and deal with mobs that see spies everywhere they look, all while tryi ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alafair Tucker's brother, an IWW organizer, comes to visit, but even the Tucker family is endangered by mounting war hysteria. The oldest Tucker son is ready to enlist, as is younger son Charlie. Also, following Alafair's brother Rob is a sinister, but inconspicious, figure calling himself Nick Smith, and to the people he contacts he seems like Old Nick in person. There's a real sense of dread here, but less of Alafair's life and detection.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I have enjoyed this series from the beginning, but this title is especially good. Set in Oaklahoma in 1917, as America is joining WWI.

A stranger comes to town. A nondescript little man in a bowler hat. Says his name is Nick. Old Nick. He seems drawn to the flaring tempers and anti-foreigner rants of the times. He can sense (smell?) murderous rages and incendiary fear. And to those people he might whisper in their ear "Tell me. Tell me what you want".
Ann Howells
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series of book by Donis Casey covers the history of Oklahoma from before the land rush up to World War I through the eyes of a family settled near Boyton. These books are well researched and give an excellent picture of what like was like and how the people felt about current events. In addition the writing is strong and stories deeply interesting. Donis Casey understands human thinking and emotions.
Terri Rowe
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is another great addition to this series. The well told mystery intertwines with historical facts to create a complex drama. I learned about early union activity at the time of WWI and how much was going on in regards social issues and draft resistance, things that were never discussed in basic school history classes. I look forward to the next addition, to enjoy the well told tales and witness the growth of Alafair and Shaw Tucker's family!
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous Read! I was given this book as an advance read for an honest review. History, suspense, murder mystery and surprising revelations in the story that will make you enjoy this book and make you want to recommend to others to read. The author does a wonderful job on drawing you into the story and keeping your interest. This is certainly one of those books you do not want to miss out on.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy spending time with Alafair Tucker and her family. I have been reading mysteries set during WWI in Europe; it was good to read one that takes place during the same time period in the U.S. to give a different perspective.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very intense themes around nationalism, war, & early union busting. I liked the book but had to put it down for a few days at one point since I found the themes hard to read.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I love this series. This was a little different but very good. Not a mystery but more of a drama with the Tucker family.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent entry in this very good series.
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another well written mystery in this series.
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DONIS CASEY was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A third generation Oklahoman, she and her siblings grew up among their aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents on farms and in small towns, where they learned the love of family and independent spirit that characterizes the population of that pioneering state. Donis graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in En ...more
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