Gun Shy

Gun Shy It s just days before the National Weapons Alliance rally in Blanco County and things couldn t be off to a worse start First an illegal immigrant is killed in a questionable hunting accident Then w

  • Title: Gun Shy
  • Author: Ben Rehder
  • ISBN: 9780312357528
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s just days before the National Weapons Alliance rally in Blanco County, and things couldn t be off to a worse start First, an illegal immigrant is killed in a questionable hunting accident Then, when local game warden John Marlin starts poking around for clues, he uncovers an astonishing secret one that threatens to bring down the NWA Turns out the host of this yearIt s just days before the National Weapons Alliance rally in Blanco County, and things couldn t be off to a worse start First, an illegal immigrant is killed in a questionable hunting accident Then, when local game warden John Marlin starts poking around for clues, he uncovers an astonishing secret one that threatens to bring down the NWA Turns out the host of this year s rally, heartthrob country superstar Mitch Campbell, is not the Stetson wearing, gun toting, bull riding man he appears to be and someone s planning to out him for the pill popping, snowboarding, former rock and roller from Vermont he really is Soon the entire town of Blanco finds itself in the dead center of a national scandal and heading straight into the line of fire.

    One thought on “Gun Shy”

    1. Nice mystery story. I liked the escalation with unexpected characters and the general out-of-control flow of it. Didn't think the satire was too powerful, but it was funny in places. Remains strange reading for a non-American to hear pro-gun owning arguments. Didn't really know what to make of one line to the effect that 'they tried banning guns in the UK and it didn't work'. Would like to read more of this author, though. Liked the Blanco County atmosphere.

    2. Actually, 3.5 stars for me on this one. All of the Ben Rehder mysteries are decent reads, especially if you like them with a lot of comedy and crazy characters and situations mixed in. The recurring characters are a game warden in Texas and a couple of rednecks who were married to the same woman but now live together in a trailer.

    3. This time Red and Billy Don get wrapped up with a Country star from Vermont. The author takes on gun rights and the stereotypes for those fanatics and opponents. Another fun and outrageous read.

    4. Another fine book in the series that continues to remind me of books by Carl Hiaasen, but not quite as good. Definitely fun though.

    5. I am enjoying this series. I like the complexity of the multiple characters and the recurring characters. The sarcasm is great!

    6. A quick, fun read. Rehder definitely can't match Carl Hiassen, but his writing is smarter than Tim Dorsey's and less one-note than Rick Gavin's.

    7. Ben Rehder's Gun Shy is a fun romp for the Ritalin-choking child in all of us, dancing around the topic of guns and gun control. It's the fifth novel in his Blanco County mystery series; and while I haven't read the previous books, so far as I could tell there's little or no thread weaving them together besides location and, perhaps, game warden John Marlin; so it's easy enough to pick up here and not worry about the others.This comic crime novel revolves around one bad trip by country-western s [...]

    8. The fifth Blanco Country novel. Country star Mitch Campbell, a phony good-old-boy (real name Norman, a druggy Northeastern prep school bro), is slated to headline a rally for the National Weapons Alliance in Blanco County. Just before the event, Mitch shoots an illegal immigrant in a mushroom-induced paranoid fit. It falls to John Marlin, game warden and oft-reluctant murder-solver, starts an investigation which leads to Campbell’s ranch and threatens the NWA’s carefully managed reputation. [...]

    9. Another in the Blanco County series of comic mysteries by Ben Rehder. The main character continues to be game warden, John Marlin. Now Marlin gets mixed up in a series of murders related to a gun rights group modeled on the NRA. Rehder handles the political stuff evenly, giving the pro and con sides of guns while weaving a very complex (maybe too complex) storyline. Lots of laughs and some excellent fast paced action at the climax. This is the 5th book in the series (i think), and Rehder's style [...]

    10. You're in for a wild and crazy ride!Having read murder mysteries for over three decades, I've become quite adept at figuring out "whodunits." Until Ben Rehder came along. I'm hooked on these rollicking, convoluted, impossible to figure out books! I'll admit that there are times that I want to say, "Please, not another new character/plot line!" But Mr. Reader weaves all the seemingly unrelated threads together seamlessly and to a perfect conclusion. From the classy and uncorruptable game warden, [...]

    11. I've got to admit, I read these for the humor and good characters well written. This volume to the series, while it added more great characters, fell further along the line of mystery. By that I mean I had a harder time than usual keeping up with all the story lines.I'm guess I'm saying that it took a little more concentration than the previous titles in the series. I didn't drop a star for that as much as I did this meant less time with Red and Billy Don. Phil was barely mentioned and the biolo [...]

    12. This is #5 in a series of small town comedy/crime stories set in Blanco County, Texas, just west of Austin. Rehder switches scenes between numerous story-lines like a fast-paced TV show. It makes for good suspense, and he always ties it together. In this one, it got a little convoluted I thought, with some characters rarely mentioned until late in the book. Other regular characters come off a tad too goofy. Least favorite of the 3 I've read.

    13. This is not quite as good as others in the series, possibly because gun nuts are just not funny. Lots of characters to keep straight in your mind. Rehder is different from Hiassen, who he is often compared, in that his humor is a little bit dryer and not quite as over the top. I do like this series and would recommend this to individuals who also like it.

    14. I put this book aside after a couple of chapters because I thought it was too political. Then I read some reviews that said it was very funny, laugh out loud funny, so I read the darn thing. What a waste of time. I could have been washing windows and had just as much fun as reading this book gave me. It isn’t funny and it is political.

    15. Ben dose not disappoint.This is the fourth book in this series that I have read and enjoyed. The band of interesting characters always keeps you guessing. I look forward to the other five books about Blanco county.

    16. Well, I enjoyed reading it. I did get confused over who was who, so I typed up a list of names mentioned in the text. It came to 148 names, counting one purse, two dogs, and not counting various blasphemies.

    17. Ben Rehder wrote Gun Shy i liked the book. Mitch Campbell screwed up in life with murder, drugs and cheating on his future wife. So he when from being almost a superstar to a noting in about 3 months. Was it really worth it?

    18. Again it's fun. I know about guns as I was a Cub Scout BB commander. I've taught both my kids to NEVER handle a gun without having the knowledge to use it.

    19. Really great book!Well, this one had me on the edge of my seat! Well written, great characters, interesting twists and turns! Thoroughly enjoyable!

    20. This book is a bit darker than previous Blanco County stories, but it is a nice, light, entertaining read.

    21. A well balanced thriller - difficult to pull off when a delicate subject like firearms figures so prominently in the plot.

    22. good bookGreat book like the comedy mixed with the mystery of finding all the evidence. Read flat crazy and been hooked ever since.

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