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Dead Man's Badge

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  24 reviews
“It's terrific. It's lean and smart and very good. I say, check it out.” Joe Lansdale

Career criminal Longview Moody, on the run from killers, assumes his dead, twin brother's identity as the new Chief of Police of a Texas town that's being terrorized by a Mexican drug cartel. To pull off the deadly deception, Longview desperately works to become the kind of cop and man t
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Brash Books
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Dead Man's Badge is a full-bore violent nasty modern Southwestern noir that begins with the main character digging his own grave at gunpoint somewhere near Juarez and almost never lets up the frenetic pace. The initial action comes at you with no letup.

It's got a lot of classic ingredients like the criminal on the run from the drug cartel, the two half brothers, one a crook, the other a lawman, and both with daddy issues, the stranger riding into town with every hand turned against him, the mesm
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Double hell, this was a fantastic crime thriller! My review is now posted here --->
Shane Douglas Keene
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The first thing you’ll notice about Dead Man’s Badge is its near perfect adherence to the classic traditions of great noir fiction. Longview Moody is the very definition of a loser, an amoral criminal with anger issues and a tendency to charge headlong into danger, guns blazing or fists flying. Then you have your femme fatale in the guise of the sultry and seductive hotel manager, Lenore, a character whose motives and loyalties remain obfus
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Long is a criminal. He transports laundered money to the Mexican cartels. His brother, Paris, is a Texas Ranger and has just been appointed Police Chief in a small south Texas town. His father, Buick, is also a Ranger. On his most recent trip to Mexico he is taken prisoner by the cartel and taken out to the desert where they were having him dig his own grave when he escapes following an extremely violent mass murder. Long returns to Texas and finds his brother murdered. He, after deciding his br ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Longview Moody is a cash courier for a Mexican Cartel who finds himself forced to dig his own grave in a Mexican desert one night. He turns the tables on his wood-be executioners and heads across the border to his trailer in South Texas where he finds Paris Tyndal, his Texas Ranger look- alike half brother shot dead on the floor. Thinking on his feet, Longview takes his brother's badge and new position as Sheriff of Lansdale Texas, a corrupt border town loaded with sadistic cartel soldiers, trig ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The tale starts right in the middle of something,..with a guy in the desert, digging his own grave and a few guns pointing and waving threats and name calling in Spanish.
It’s from then on a Juarvez and wild west Texas kind of thing, with Cartel, drug running, cash drops, Mexico, Texas Ranger, Cowboys, DEA, La Familia de los Muerto, series of choices good or bad, money missing, people dead, corruption and money turning people heads.
You have a thriller with violence and things that bad men do, cau
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
At the beginning of this novel Longview isn’t having the best day, which is hardly surprising when he is digging his own grave at gunpoint. But he manages to escape and goes to meet his brother at his trailer. Things don’t go to plan and Longview ends up assuming his brother’s identity as chief of police in a town on the Mexican border. He makes plenty of enemies immediately but there are also a handful of people who he feels he can trust. These are also people who he can’t fool.
The book is full
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the pitiful little town of Lansdale, Texas, the DEA and the local police department are at odds with each other instead of attempting to take down the vicious Machados cartel. Protagonist Longview Moody is a career criminal who by accident beats a sure death in the desert. Moody's father Buick Moody and stepbrother Paris Tisdale are in law enforcement. Paris has given up his career as a Texas Ranger to become sheriff of Lansdale. Then due to a crazy series of events Longview steps in for his ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Someone to look out for!

This is the kind of book that makes you go back and memorize the title and the authors name. Gritty epic retribution!
James Weaver
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Dead Man’s Badge by Robert E. Dunn and wow…what a ride!

Dunn hooked me right from the opening paragraph - “Nothing is easy—not even dying. At least for me it wasn’t. The half hour spent digging my own grave in the glare of headlights and the cold of a desert night was literally the hardest work of my life.”

Dunn’s novel follows Longview Moody, a money runner for a Mexican drug cartel, who ends up on the wrong end of a shovel. Though Moody is career criminal, Dunn crafts his charact
Andreas Flögel
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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You can hear the Ennio Morricone soundtrack in the background.

Gripping tale!
I really liked this story about a bad guy in war with corrupt federal agents and drug cartels.
The writing sucked me in.
The constellation of a crocked brother taking the place of his cop brother was handled very well in my opinion, since there were many people who saw this, but had their own motives to keep it secret.
All in all the book remebered me of italian westerns including the big shoot-out at the end.
If you are i
Jay Williams
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly exceptional thriller, combining corrupt government agents, drug cartels, wild women, and a dysfunctional family. The writing grabs the reader from the very first page, where the main character is digging his own grave at gunpoint. Many of the characters are flat stereotypes, but that just adds to the pleasure and excitement. The events are extremely imaginative, and the environment is a southwestern border town with action on both sides of the border. Just enough of the details of the en ...more
Don Gorman
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
(2). Action, violence, craziness. If that is what you are looking for that his is book for you. The wild, Wild West is happening on the Texas border and a truly cockamamie start lets it all happen. Poor Paris, Bad Ass Buick and Luny Longview make up the family that drives this train. They take on the Feds, the Cartel and any other impediments that come along. A rousing story, thank goodness it is short or it would be too much to handle. Silly, insane fun.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I listened to this one on audio-- I was impressed with the interesting story and the clever plotting-- in places the intelligent dialogue. The hero is on the run from a drug cartel and finds his way into taking his half-brother's place as the chief of police for a Southern Texas town. He doesn't know how long the charade can go on, especially when the DEA and other assorted Federal agencies are on the scene along with members of the same cartel he is running from. The hero pulls off a lot of blu ...more
Chris Bailey
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was the first time I had read a book by Robert E. Dunn so I went into this with an open mind. It is also the first time I have read a book that involves the Mexican/America war on drug Cartel's. When I think about it, I am not to sure why this is. I have watched plenty of movies and TV shows around this and always loved them. However after reading this, it will definitely not be my last. I loved it. From the very beginning where you have a man digging his own grave in the desert to
J Fearnley
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

You open this book to a terrific scene – two men digging graves it’s tense and then POW! The action begins and you’re off on a thrilling ride with Longview Moody.

You soon realise Longview is not one of the good guys he’s been money-running for the Mexican cartel but they want him dead now. Moving from one action-packed scene to another we travel from Mexico back to the USA. When Longview gets home he sees there may be a chance to disappear, to become his brother and start a new life in Texas
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so, so impressed with this novel. I'd not read anything by the author before but you can be damn sure I'll be looking out for more of his work now.

The earlier part of the novel is excellent. Fast paced, keeps up the tempo and ends every chapter in a cliffhanger that has you gasping out loud. It loses that a little in the latter parts of the novel but I think it's only noticeable because of how high your expectations have been set. The remainder of the novel is definitely still an intense a
Ross Cumming
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I read a lot of great reviews for this novel but for me it didn't quite live up too all the praise heaped upon it by other reviewers.
Career criminal Longview Moody, launders and delivers the cleaned cash to the cartels south of the border, down Mexico way. His estranged father Buick and his half brother Paris are both Texas Rangers but Paris has agreed to take up the position of the new Chief of Police in the border town of Lansdale, where the two previous chiefs have been murdered. When Longvi
James L Weaver
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good Action Story

I liked the book. It had a good place without too many characters to keep track. Probably a stretch on US involvement with Mexico, but not too far off on how screwed up they are.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
As we enter the immense desert of the Southwest we find our protagonist Longview Moody digging his own grave. Longview’s luck did not improve all that much throughout the book. Longview’s twin brother, former Ranger and now police chief gets himself killed in Longview’s trailer. Longview decides to take his brother’s place and heads for the small Texas town to find out whether it was he or his brother that was targeted. What Longview walks into is a huge conspiracy of crime and corruption betwee ...more
Carol Reed
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my style.

I’m not sure what made me download this book, but it really isn’t my style. Too much violence. I get the whole good guy/bad guy struggle, and I appreciate that about it. And if you are okay with realistic violence, then I’d say it is great. But I did keep reading to see how it ended - so... good story ... but ...
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Gritty, violent modern day western involving drug cartels and government agency conflicts. Reminds me of an old Clint Eastwood movie or Denzel's Man on Fire. I liked the characters.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put down

Good story.
Keeps you coming back to see what the next “twist” is going to be.
Who is working for who ?
John Shearer
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read e Man's Badge

This is a good story that has you wondering what was going to happen next. Full of action and at times wondering what to expect next
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