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“Breaking Bad” meets Joe Lansdale with the soul of Faulkner in an authentic debut novel of Texas crime from a remarkable new voice.

Still reeling from the scandal that cost him his badge, Randy Mayhill―fallen lawman, dog rescuer, Dr Pepper enthusiast―sees a return from community exile in the form of a dead hog trapper perched on a fence. The fence belongs to the
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Polis Books
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Chris Wolak
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Update: Here's the link to my review on Criminal Element: http://www.criminalelement.com/book-r...

This is a fantastic debut mystery with great characters and a strong sense of place. I just wrote a review for Criminal Element and will post a link when it's available. And P.S. I'm not a fan of Breaking Bad so don't let that comparison in the GR blub turn you off.
Cathy Geha
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Ain’t Nobody Nobody by Heather Harper Ellett

Tragedy seem to find many of the characters in this book. The existence of all seems to be difficult with little money or food and not much to look forward to. What one is wiling to do to make money gets some into trouble. Suicide, Murder, mysteries, drugs and money may or may not balance out friendship, family and community in this story. I came away feeling a little bit dirty at the end of the book and wishing that there had been “more” f
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Henry Morrison
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heather Harper Ellett’s debut, Ain’t Nobody Nobody, is a raw ode to East Texas and an authentic portrayal of the brutal, compassionate, hardscrabble way of life of the impoverished south. With wry humour and keen insight into human nature, Ellett deftly weaves a tale of murder, family, and honour.

Randy Mayhill lives as a hermit now, mourning the loss of his best friend to suicide and the loss of his elevated status in the community as sheriff to loyalty. The tragedies are intimately connected,
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Kim
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nearly perfect. If the ending was just a bit more fitting for me I would have said this was 100% perfect, still giving it 5 stars because it is a worthy read and was a total wild ride.

Would love to see this adapted for tv. While reading it I had a sudden urge to have a Dr. Pepper which I haven't had in so long, can't imagine why. Went out and got a Dr. P and continued reading.

The characters in this book were great and I loved the setting. Nice touch with setting the book in the 90s, no technol
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B DartThrower
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book with a voice quite like this one, simultaneously earthy and profound, at turns hilarious and sinister, but always fun. It's a unique skill to write about plagues, murder and other crimes with levity and humor while still giving such heavy subjects their due respect, and the author pulls it off. It has been quite some time since I read a book in which I legitimately liked and cared about almost all of the characters, even the "bad" ones! It's also a portrait of a place, Eas ...more
Scott Semegran
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Randy Mayhill loves to sit on his front porch in only his boxer shorts and pistol holster, scheming how to catch feral hogs. He is “retired,” unceremoniously relieved of his duties as sheriff for protecting his felonious best friend, and Mayhill is fully committed to the hermit lifestyle. And for one year, that is all right with him, until a dead body appears draped over a fence he shares with his neighbors (Onie and Birdie, who happen to be his dead best friend’s mother and daughter, two people ...more
Gina
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I drank the Ain’t Nobody Nobody Kool-aid, for sure. 🐗🐗🐗 Loved this novel by Heather Harper Ellett. Born and raised in the Lone Star State, she deftly (and lovingly) captures East Texas characters so well, I’d swear I knew some of them from high school. The portrait of small-town life is on point, as is the humor she weaves throughout this mystery. Be prepared to care about these quirky characters. You might fall for the wild hogs too! Highly recommend this book!
Julie Huston
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darkly funny and pleasantly fast-paced; mysterious and tender. If you think feral hogs, dementia and dead pine trees would not make for a heart warming read, think again. “Life is easier the more places you feel like home.” Having read Ain’t Nobody Nobody, I can add East Texas to my list.

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Yolanda
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this gritty mystery full of memorable characters. It reminded me of a combination of Breaking Bad and Longmire.
Loved it .
Istoria Lit
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great murder mystery. It has a gritty style which creates a really vivid story. I would highly recommend to fans of darker literature but it wasn't quite my cup of tea.
Erica Wright
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun, smart, surprising. The language hums, and there are hogs. Highly recommended!
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Randy Mayhill, the former sheriff--and that word, "former," stings--has resigned himself to a hermit's life, watching over his late best friend's mother and teenaged daughter. Van killed himself when Randy was unable to cover up his marijuana farm, and Randy still thinks he could have saved Van somehow. Meanwhile, Van's daughter Birdie finds a dead man on her fence, but he disappears before she and her part-time hired help Bradley can figure out what to do. She doesn't know that Bradley's other ...more
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