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Savage Reckoning

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In the vein of Elmore Leonard’s Justified, C. Hoyt Caldwell introduces a thriller series set in the dark side of the Appalachian mountains—featuring a heroine who’s playing both sides of the law.

Deputy Dani Savage would like nothing better than to shoot the wife beaters, carjackers, drug dealers, and all the rest of the low-life good ol’ boys that make policing Baptist Fl
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Alibi
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This is a marvellous dark and violent crime thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains. If you have a penchant for the batshit crazy, outright carnage, the hilarious and the ridiculous in your crime, this novel, without a doubt, is for you. Deputy Dani Savage is one hell of a deputy, despite the countless denigrations she faces as a small woman, she has plenty of guts and is deeply committed to justice. She polices the out of control and riddled with crime, Baptist Flats, Tennessee. Her uncle is ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Meet Kenny and Step. They are just a couple of guys trying to get by. Just so happens that they are Closeout Kings. Closeout Kings help get rid of any people that Boss is having trouble collecting money from and such.
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They also have some deep thoughts.
Kenny refocused his attention on his reflection. "Well, now I'm just all kinds of hurt. Neither girls has plied their horny ways on me."
Step looked at his watch. "I don't know how to tell you this, Kenny, so Ima just come out and say it. You're
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, fr, ng, 2016-odyssey
Holy Crackerdoodles--AWESOME!

This is a summer blockbuster with Appalachian Frodo and Sam. Kenny Fable is hysterical. Simple spoken, but teeming with ideas. Some are better than others, but funny. His partner, Step Crawford, the grumpy Gus of the duo has an eye on business. He's got the street smarts Kenny seems to be missing. Of course, sometimes things go sideways and then you have to improvise.

Gospel according to Step:
"Each woman's got a different 'forget-shit' trigger, Kenny. A man's whol
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Deputy Dani Savage is always trying to prove herself as a police officer in the small town as Baptist Flats, Tennessee after she obtained her job being related to the sheriff. Even thought she's often overlooked and made fun of by the numerous criminals that Baptist Flats is home to Dani is determined to prove them all wrong and when some evidence leads her to some clues to an old cold case she makes it her mission to find out what's going on.

Step and Kenny are a couple of the town's lowlifes t
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
I have to admit that I wasn't that impressed in the beginning. I just didn't think so much about the story and hoped it would get better. I was not especially impressed by Step and Kenny the closeout kings and thought the story just didn't seem to be my cup of tea. Then, it started to get a bit more interesting and then the story blew me away!

Dani, "little deputy" Savage is approached by a woman claiming that her daughter went missing a couple of years ago and that the police in her County is do
Zuky the BookBum
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016, 4-stars
Also read my review here:


Firstly I’d like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for the opportunity to read this in an exchange for an honest review.

With a badge pinned to her chest, she didn’t give a shit what the town or God thought of her. She was the law.

I was not expecting to love this as much as I do! Honestly, I started the first few pages and thought ”oh God, this is going to be bad,” but I persev
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Deputy Dani Savage is a small statured woman who cannot get the respect she feels she deserves as a deputy in Baptist Flats, Tennessee. While a grieving mother asks for her help in locating her missing daughter she stumbles across more missing young girls. While investigating a totally unrelated case she crosses paths with 2 killers that wind up part of her investigation and she makes a deal with them that may just be her only hope in solving the case. Great read. I would like to thank the Publi ...more
Thanks to net, C. Hoyt Caldwell and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for the advance arc copy for my honest review.

This was my first read from C. Hoyt Caldwell, what an awesome read 'Savage Reckoning' is, fell in love with his character Deputy Dani Savage and be warned it's not for the faint of heart.

This was my style of a read, it has sex, drugs, profane language violence, humor, it's fast paced, with an over load of twist and turns, tension filled, even have Caldwell throwing i
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In his own words Caldwell isn't smart enough to be subtle so his work tends to be tasteless and gritty. He's not out to offend anyone, but he's also not to win anyone over, either. His stories are full of sex, violence, humor and heart.

Not my typical genre and at times I was a bit uncomfortable reading but evil is never and should never be put in a good light and when you think about it what is in this book is also in the bible. The bible was referenced quite a bit, not in a very good light but
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Set in the Appalachian mountains and in the town of Baptist Flats, Tennessee we follow Deputy Dani Savage, or little Deputy as she's called due to her height and frame, she enjoys her job and wishes she would be taken more seriously, when 2 men are killed outside a bar she finds evidence that no-one else had noticed and sets about trying to find who killed these men.

Cut to Step Crawford and Kenny Fable, the Closeout Kings, the 2 men who committed the crime, who work for Boss and they 'take care'
Kelly Quinn
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dani Savage is a deputy in a small, backwoods mountain town. When a woman begs Dani to help find her missing daughter, Dani discovers there are a lot of girls missing from the area and no one has ever bothered to investigate. She eventually finds herself teaming up with a couple of bumbling contract killers to unravel the mystery. This book is so well written and parts are laugh-out-loud funny. The character development is superb. I couldn't put it down.
Jay Williams
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strange story that grows in intensity and suspense as you read it. The characters are drawn from the hills, but represent people that have much in common with all of us. Dani is a deputy who uncovers a deep problem that involves people at high levels throughout the world. I enjoyed watching the development of the character called Step, who probably is key to the whole plot. This is a keeper!
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this arc from Netgalley.

Great read!! This book has it all. I was laughing out loud through most of the book. Lots of action that keeps the pages flying by. There are a few sad bits thrown in also. Once you get started you will not want to put it down. Highly recommended!!
Dawn Thomas
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Savage Reckoning by C. Hoyt Caldwell
Book Review by Dawn Thomas

357 Pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Mystery & Thriller

Dani Savage is a young deputy sheriff in Baptist Flats, TN. Her uncle Otis, is the sheriff and rescued her from a pious boarding school after she was beaten within an inch of her life. She is investigating two mysterious deaths when she stumbles across Kenny Fable and Step Crawford. They the Closeout Kings, two thugs that work for t
Vera mallard
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

Author C. Hoyt Caldwell has crafted a first-rate crime thriller in Savage Reckoning. Set in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, Mr. Hoyt reveals the most horrendous crime and acceptance of the mountain people of Baptist Falls. Dani Savage, known as the little deputy due to her size, works for her Uncle in Baptist Falls enforcing the law. By chance, Dani stumbles on a decade old crime and what she finds is horrifying.

Mountain people have their own code of honor, jus
Dolly Sandor
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
3.5 Stars

This is one of those cases where I’m thankful I was approved by NetGalley back in June for the ARC of Savage Reckoning. Why? Well, I started it twice and although I loved the synopsis and the setting of the book (I live in Tennessee), I was not in the right frame of mind/mood for the story!

What I liked: The setting, the characters, the sad plot but most of all the writing. Mr. Caldwell is an artist with words. The pictures he paints make you feel as if you’re right there as he’s writin
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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A well-developed mystery with strong characters and thrilling progression!

{ 5 things about I LOVE about Savage Reckoning }

Dani Savage.
Deputy Savage, also called Little Deputy, is a strong and independent woman. I like how she faces things and never letting anyone put her down. She may be quite new to their rankings but she really works hard and believes in achieving j
Elite Group
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book like no other

“Little Deputy” Dani Savage is an honest cop policing Baptist Flats, Tennessee but her established view of the world of law and order is about to be tested. She wants justice for all and is determined to get to the bottom of two murders in the town.

Kenny and Step(hen) are two closeout specialists and are the perpetrators of the crime which Dani is investigating. Little does she know that their futures are entwined in a way she wouldn’t have thought possible. For those not in
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Deputy Dani Savage was tired of being a slight girl living a tiny life in a small s**t town in Tennessee."

I read this book in ARC form before it came out and wrote the review below this paragraph. I just bought the book and re-read it, refreshing my memory before I read the second book in the series SAVAGE RISING. Now, I'm not sure whether the book was edited before actual publication or whether I am just in a different frame of mind but I loved everything about this book this time thro
Long Island Dreams Book Reviews
Savage Reckoning
BY: C. Hoyt Caldwell
Reviewed BY: Long Island Dreams Book Reviews
Stats: 3 out of 5
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The town of Baptiste Flats Tennessee doesn’t take kindly to lawman, especially one that is of the female persuasion. Well, whether they like it or not Deputy Dani Savage is in Baptiste Flats to stay and she is a force to be reckoned with.
While investigating a heinous murder Dani stumbles upon a crime ring in Baptiste Flats. To solv
Alibi and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Savage Reckoning. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Deputy Dani Savage, of Baptist Flats, Tennessee, polices in a community that is resistant to authority. Forced to reason with citizens who are unreasonable is just part of Dani's job description. Her "little deputy" nickname has sent her to the heavy bag in the station more than once. When the closeout kings, Kenny Fable and Step Crawford, are sent into town by their boss to commit
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dani Savage is a female deputy in backwoods Apalacia. She is generally known as "little deputy" and hates it. Her boss is her Uncle Owen. A pair of "closeout" men come into town and dispose of two more men who owed money to Boss, the crime king in the area. While investigating these murders Dani discovers a history of young girls disappearing from the area never to be heard of again. She tells her uncle and the two of them continue their investigation. Meanwhile the closeout Kings start looking ...more
Book Him Danno
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This book took me a while to get into. I am not sure if it was the authors writing style or the story its self but something didn't click.
Once I started to get the flow of the book I found it to be a fun read it was funny, disturbing and violent. However the humor helped to balance out the darker side of this story. The only thing that bothered me was the fact it made it seem like everyone in the south are Hillbillies. While it makes the story funny it is far from the truth.
I am not sure if I wi
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Savage Reckoning is the first in a new thriller series by C. Hoyt Caldwell. This is my first time reading this author and it won't be the last. Dani Savage is a deputy in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. She stumbles into a human trafficking case. I can't say the story gripped me from page one, but it definitely built and wouldn't let go. I found it surprisingly humorous at times. Lots of action, mystery, and twist you won't see coming. I'm looking forward to reading more in this serie ...more
Kathleen Gray
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked Dani but the mystery felt sort of trite (we've seen this theme a lot lately). It strains credulity to think this sort of thing could go on for so long without someone noticing and doing something before Dani arrived on the scene. That said, this is well written and there are bursts of humor that rescue it from total darkness. THanks to Netgalley for the ARC- I'd like to see more from Caldwell.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
​I found Savage Reckoning absolutely enjoyable! Mr Caldwell has given the reader some quirky characters, some currently on the wrong side of the law, but all interesting. Some funny scenes where I found myself laughing out loud. Hoping this is the start of a series. I was given an early copy to review.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Gail O'Connor
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I guess I was just not in the right frame of mind to read such a dark book. Couldn't get past 3 chapters.
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C. Hoyt Caldwell is a writer with an aggravating affinity for the South, and the people it creates. The characters in his stories are loosely based on folks that both inspired and troubled him growing up in a tiny Tennessee town. He's not smart enough to be subtle, so his work tends to be tasteless and gritty. He's not out to offend anyone, but he's also not out to win anyone over either. His stor ...more

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