Big Wheat

Author: 
Richard A. Thompson
The Great North Dakota Wheat Fields -- Harvest 1919: Summer is dying, the wheat fields are ripe.  Great steam-powered reapers and their operators are sweeping out across the region to gather in the bounty.  But this is not an unalloyed celebration of life; a killer has followed these teams for years, undiscovered.  Now young Charlie Krueger, working to bury a broken heart, witnesses another burial- something he was not meant to see.  Instantly he is a threat to the murderer- who knows who he is, and who knows how to kill.
 
The setting and the period drew me to this new mystery.  A period of steam mechanicals, and, as the subtitle says "Bindlestiffs and Blood".  Publishers Weekly called it "...an evocative look at the hardships of farming, the intersection of progress with old-fashioned ways, and the loneliness of the Great Plains."  
 
Richard A. Thompson also has mysteries featuring bail-bondsman (and ex-bookie) Herman Jackson, hiding in St. Paul after some excitement in Detroit. 
 
All look rich in atmosphere- let me know if you try them!

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