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Flat Crazy: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel (A Blanco County Mystery #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  576 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
From the Edgar, Lefty, and Barry award-nominated author Ben Rehder comes the funniest entry yet in his hilarious Blanco County mystery series. Some kind of unidentified wild creature is on the loose in Blanco, and, over the protests of sensible game warden John Marlin, the locals have convinced themselves they're dealing with a mythical vampirish beast called a chupacabra. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 6th 2004 by Minotaur Books (first published 2004)
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Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The third Blanco Country mystery. In this episode of game warden John Marlin’s adventures in law enforcement, a corrupt hunting guide named Duke Waldrip kills an angry client who demands a refund after discovering his mounted head was faked; the country goes loco after a chupacabra sighting makes national news thanks to a less-than-dignified gossip show’s attention; loveable redneck crooks Billy Don and Red try to catch the goat-sucker with typically amateurish planning; a man specializing in As ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an appropriate title for the third Blanco County Mystery. This was the most humorous one so far. With the same wacky characters and a few new ones in town,the witty banter never stops. Ben Rehder is part Carl Hiaasan and Tim Dorsey, with the only difference being his flat crazy tales take place in Texas.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even though you know 'who done it' what a delight watching the author tangle,weave, knot and then smooth all the disparate storylines together. There is a Southern sense of humor that permeates through-out. I look forward to reading more adventures in Blanco county.
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
think Carl Hiaasen but in Texas. He really hits his stride with this his third book. If you like humorous mysteries, pick this one up.
The possibility of a chupacabra in central Texas brings out the crazies. Unfortunately, some of them live in Blanco all the time and star in this book. Rehder's rather far-fetched plots are entertaining and humorous. John Marlin, game warden, must once again bring some sense to a ridiculous situation when a body is found. Escaped exotic game, television journalists, and Chinese dwarves who star in pornography are involved--you have to read it to understand.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third mystery starring Blanco County TX game warden John Marlin and Sheriff Bobby Garza, a day laborer claims he saw a chupacabra and a hunting guide makes a wrong move which leads to more wrong moves. It was a very visual adventure, which I thought would look good on TV- people going into a room while someone was surreptitiously exiting it, deputies chasing poachers who were chasing a murderer, etc. I liked this better than the previous in the series (Bone Dry)- several threads convergin ...more
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute story, a "cozy" read.
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey or Bill Fitzhugh
Shelves: humorous-novels
3.5 stars
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun 3rd book in series. Enjoy the characters.
Douglas Cook
I love goofy redneck mysteries. Rehder writes some of the best.

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DUKE WALDRIP WAS a damn resourceful hunting guide. In fact, he was so clever, his clients occasionally ended up with trophy deer mounts that weren’t exactly authentic. Of course, the clients were unaware of this fact, but it was always at the back of Duke’s mind that one of them might figure it out. That’s why he was a little uneasy about the man who was currently sitting in front of him—and there weren’t too many thi
Beverly June Davis
Crazy for Blanco County

I gave this 5 stars for the following reasons. This series is entertaining, characters endearing, and humor abounding. The story moves along at a comfortable Texas pace; Storytelling at its best with great scene description, well managed dialog and local accents ring true. The characters seem possible as a possible neighborhood's good-old boy who loads up to go hunting and fishing at 4am. I Love this series! HAVE TO RUN; Blanco County is calling.
D.L. Williams
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Rehder does it again. Texas Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with fake trophy deer mounts, ever present rednecks, and the spotting of a chupacabra. I love the characters in this series, and I really like the way Rehder writes. I look forward to more (illegal) activity from his Blanco county gang.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books! The characters are hilarious and the plots are full of exciting twists and turns. FLAT CRAZY is the third book in the series and it's not for the terminally politically correct! The book skewers just about every minority, but in a way that I found funny rather than offensive. I can't wait for the next book!
Rich Turner
Bone Dry was entertaining but Flat Crazy was so boring I had to force myself to finish the book. A second period of time with the redneck sub characters was too much to take. These are the guys who would make Trump president and stupidity isn't so appealing a second time.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been missing Carl Hiaasen, and this was set in Texas so I thought I'd give him a try. It was pretty crazy and quite enjoyable. Lots of good capers going on. I will definitely read more of his work.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dare you to come up with three or four random phrases that Ben Rehder can't write into a story line! Asian dwarf porno stars, central Texas redneck poachers, la Chupacabra, and show is all here in one story! Love this writer!!
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will be reading all these! Funny, reasonable and convoluted--several stories woven into one. My favorite line from this one, "You know why murders are so hard to solve in small Texas towns? All the same DNA." And it's rejoinder, "Also, no dental records."
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I am so glad I was introduced to this author-his characters are so funny and quirky! I love John Marlin-I know I say it every time but I do!
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a "free" one downloaded on my Kindle. It was pretty fun and easy, but not something I'd take time out of my other activities for.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the same lovable characters. Good story.
Jeff Dickison
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Blanco County, Texas tale told with lots of humor. Game warden Marlin helps investigate 2 murders and the appearance of a chupacabra. Red and Billy Don get to be heroes. Recommended!
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series continues to be enjoyable.
An enjoyable little romp.
Michele bookloverforever
comedic mystery set in rural area. detective is a game warden.
Mindless entertainment, but nice story-telling. Game warden in Central Texas takes on comically inept killers.
Crystal Carter
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you are not afraid of chupacabras or offended by Chinese dwarf porn. Both storylines are related.
Flat Crazy 12312006 Ben Rehder/jonathan Davis
Kim Harris
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So funny! I think I know all these people.
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun book.
Sam Burnes
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books just keep on getting better.
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Ben Rehder wanted to become a writer ever since he was dropped on his head as a toddler. As he grew into a young adult and the vertigo gradually dissipated, his passion for literature grew. Ben longed to craft the type of soul-stirring prose that would touch people’s lives and help them explore new emotional horizons. But he went to work at an ad agency instead.

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