A Barrett Raines Mystery
Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312649494, 288pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Special Agent Barrett “Bear” Raines of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has his Little League game interrupted when a returning GI uses Bear and the local sheriff to commit suicide-by-cop. Barrett agonizes over the young man’s death.
He knows that the young marine came home with a squad of other veterans who live outside the law near a place called Devil’s Slew. Those GIs come under suspicion when federal authorities trace counterfeited currency to Bear’s backyard. The feds believe that the counterfeiters are responsible for the kidnapping of a female agent off the streets of New Orleans. The threads connecting these local crimes stretch from northern Florida to Afghanistan and Mexico, and so, once again, Barrett Raines and the FDLE are called in to dodge the bullets and connect the dots.
A superb storyteller, Darryl Wimberley writes about a Florida not many people know about, bringing to life its rich characters---and its lurking dangers.
"Devil's Slew marks the most welcome return of Barrett "Bear" Raines....The book moves at a brisk pace as Wimberley keeps the plot tightly focused, even as the circle of his story widens beyond Florida. A surprise ending adds to the story's punch."--Oline H. Cogdill, The Miami Herald
"Wimberley knows his weaponry, swamp terrain and small-town prejudices better than most. If hard-boiled is what you’re after, Raines qualifies as the black hero du jour."--Kirkus Reviews
"Steeped in the culture and rhythms of rural Florida, Devil's Slew sneaks up on you with a sly charm and serpentine twists. Wimberley delivers a character-rich plot thick with treachery that's all the more satisfying because of its international implications."--Ian Vasquez, Shamus Award-winning author of Mr. Hooligan
"A terrific read. In Devil's Slew, Darryl Wimberley transports us inside the ruthless world of drug lords and deadly revenge. An intense thriller, full of suspense."-- Kathryn Casey, author of Blood Lines