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Covey Jencks grew up in Odessa, Texas. After college, he joined the Army, attended law school, clerked on the Fifth Circuit, and suffered a stint at a D. C. law firm. He quits a life of white privilege to return home to solve the mysterious 1979 murder of Freddie Johnson, a black employee at Covey’s family business. Her life matters to Covey. For cover Covey opens a small ...more
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published February 10th 2018 by Southern Owl Publications, LLC
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mystery-shelf, audio
Covey Jencks by Shelton L. Williams is a 2018 Southern Owl publication.

Covey Jencks has returned home to Odessa, Texas, from Washington, D.C., to tackle an unsolved murder which haunted him for years.

He sets up his own law firm, re-connects with an old girlfriend, JayJay, and begins looking under rocks, searching for clues that might, after all these years, solve the 1979 murder of Freddie Johnson, a woman who was very special to him.

As Covey and JayJay connect the dots, they discover ties
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, books-to-review
Covey Jencks is a delight from start to finish and if you aren't familiar with West Texas (specifically the Odessa area) you might feel like you know the town to a degree. Whether you know the town or not, you are probably aware of the football team from Friday Night Lights. There are many references to their winning years and even Covey's role on the team. There are also references to Texas oil - both the good and the bad.

This story has two different timelines - the 1970s when the murder
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covey Jencks, for the most part, takes place in West - by God - Texas, in Odessa. If you have ever been there, even passing through, it would definitely add to the ambiance of this story. If you haven't been there - it's okay. But when you're trying to visualize the setting and you're seeing nothing, you're not doing it wrong. And it's not the author's fault, either. That's just West - by God - Texas. The author does a pretty good job of capturing the essence of racial boundaries and the "good ...more
Kristine Hall
Audio/Print combo review. My first introduction to COVEY JENCKS was when it was featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in April. I was enticed by the premise and hooked after reading all the great LSBBT reviews, so the book was dutifully placed on my ever-toppling to-be-read (ETTBR) pile. There COVEY sat until June, when I read its rave Kirkus review, and I moved it back to the top of my ETTBR pile – then sadly saw it buried along with most of my pleasure reading books. Imagine my thrill when the ...more
Ruthie Jones
Covey Jencks by Shelton L. Williams gives the reader a crash course in West Texas dynamics, from 1979 (the year of Freddie Mae's murder) to the mid-1990s, when Jencks returns to Odessa, Texas, to set up a law firm and solve that murder that had already been "solved." What happens next is an exploded can of worms that leaves the reader laughing out loud, cringing at the social and racial smacks in the face, wondering who actually "done it," and turning the pages at a rapid pace because the story ...more
Cold  Coffee
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you long for freedom from all the things that hold your down, I suggest you get to know a young Texan lawyer named Covey Jencks, because he cherishes freedom and wide-open ranges.

Author Shelton L. Williams weaves this well written, fast-paced fiction with believable characters to take you back in America’s southern history, with enough suspense to keep you turning the page.

It was March 1979, when Alfreda (Freddie) Mae Johnson (a southern black women) died. It was her death that would
Lynn Poppe
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What first impressed me with Covey Jencks is the straight forward, frank language. From the first line through the last, the writing is refreshingly honest. Julie and I were recently discussing great first lines (see our post here) and Covey Jencks starts out strong:

"I never intended to come back to West Texas. It’s hot and dusty, yes, but that’s not the thing. … I like freedom. It’s why I am not married. It’s why I almost never wear a suit. It’s why, despite my long standing misgivings and
Lorilei Gonzales
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Welcome to my first ever audio book review! I'm really excited to share my thoughts on Covey Jencks. Within the first few seconds, I was laughing because I was pronouncing Covey with a long "O" sound. So you can see that I am someone who could definitely benefit from listening to audio books more often.

One thing I noticed several minutes into this audio book is that all the normal front of the book stuff (title page, publishing information, foreword, etc.) was treated as individual chapters. So
Indie Editor Nancy
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story that takes the reader back in time, to past decades where racism was common and different nationalities kept more to themselves for self-preservation, comfort and religious freedoms.
The backdrop for this tale is Odessa, Texas during the 1970's, an unsolved murder, and a young lawyer with a personal need to solve the crime.
The characters were who really brought this story to life; Covey and his business partners, JayJay his love interest, the police and the rest of the
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this book before I started reading the actual story. The foreword by author Shelton "Shelly" Williams warmed my heart. I knew I was about to partake in the creative genius ... read more at
Terri Chapin
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun romp! Fast paced, full of great characters with a bit of nostalgia for some of us!
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