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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.76 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Reavis Z. Wortham is the critically acclaimed author of the Red River Mysteries set in rural Northeast Texas in the 1960s. As a boy, he hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, the inspiration for the fictional location. He is also the author of a thriller series featuring Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke. He teaches writing at a wide variety of venues including local libraries and writers' conferences. Wortham has been a newspaper columnist and magazine writer since 1988, and has been the Humor Editor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine for the past twenty-two years. He and his wife, Shana, live in Northeast Texas. Check out his website at www.reaviszwortham.com


Unraveled: A Red River Mystery by Reavis Z. Wortham is a mesmerizing book about a small Northeast Texas community of Center Springs. The dialogue was crisp & true to regional speech patterns. The characters were well drawn & the story line intriguing. I gave it five stars. It kept me guessing & I like that. I highly recommend this book & will read more of this author's work.--Carolyn Injoy-Hertz "InJoyful Book Reviews "
Unraveled is the sixth Red River Mystery by Reavis Z. Wortham. I love this series. I have read all six books in the series and found them all to be fabulous reads. I cannot recommend this series enough. It is perfect for fans of recent history as well as mystery lovers. I highly recommend Unraveled.--Kathryn Poulin "NetGalley "
Wortham's Red River mysteries work on so many different levels. As a coming of age story. As a pitch-perfect historical saga. As a police procedural. As visceral action tales. (And humor, too!) I have come to rely upon this author to present me with fine tales well told, and I have no intentions of missing a single one. You shouldn't either.--Cathy Cole "NetGalley "
Reavis Z. Wortham's Unraveled is the kind of book you simply can't put down once you have read the first page. Give it a try. You'll agree with me.--Mary Ann Smyth "Bookloons "
The plot comes together perfectly as a battlefield reminiscent of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys appears. The killer is unexpectedly exposed, and the characters in Red River remain strong, intriguing and a bit frightening all at the same time.--Mary Lignor "Suspense Magazine "
Readers who hang on for 200-plus pages of these days in the lives will be treated to a stunning finale, first in an evil fun house, then on a long stretch of oil-slick highway.--Don Crinklaw "Booklist "
Reavis Wortham seems to be channeling both John Hart and Greg Isles in "Unraveled" (Poisoned Pen, $26.95, 336 pages), the sixth in the Red River period piece mystery series. I haven't read the five others, but if they're anything like this, I'm definitely missing something. Not only does Wortham write exceptionally well, but he somehow manages to infuse "Unraveled" with a Southern gothic feel what would make even William Faulkner proud. To a mix that already includes a Hatfield-McCoy-like feud, a mysterious stranger known only as Wraith, and a small town lurching away from its own racially toned past, Wortham gives us the Parker family as the book's moral center. That family includes 14-year-old Top, who reads like a hybrid of Huckleberry Finn and Scout from "To Kill a Mockingbird." Like Greg Isles' superb Natchez, Mississippi, trilogy, Wortham's portrayal of the modern South (well, 1968 in this case) is both scathing and hopeful, laced with racial overtones that lend "Unraveled" a weighty societal relevance. A hidden gem of a book that reads like Craig Johnson's Longmire mysteries on steroids.--Jon Land "Providence Journal "
The book''s strength lies in Wortham''s ability to construct a world; it doesn''t take long for readers to feel like kinfolk.--Cevin Bryerman "Publishers Weekly "
In Center Springs, TX, Constable Ned Parker investigates a fatal car accident involving mayor Fred Clay and his African American assistant, Maggie Mayfield. It is 1968, and the incident will rekindle a long-running feud between two families. This superbly drawn sixth entry in the series (after Dark Places) features captivating characters and an authentic Texas twang.--Library Journal