An Ike Schwartz Mystery
By Frederick Ramsay
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590589021, 261pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
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Ruth Harris, Sherriff Ike Schwartz's fiancEe, is involved in a near fatal automobile accident. But Ike is convinced the crash was rigged. Even though he is embroiled in a close election, has no jurisdiction over the investigation, and can find no support in the usual law enforcement community, he places himself on leave and goes rogue to investigate and seek the person or persons responsible for putting Ruth in a coma.
His efforts attract help from unexpected and irregular sources. Old friends in the covert community step up, covert help from his loyal staff combine to help. It is a journey which takes him first to State's Rights organizations, then to zealots and dissident academics before it finally ends at home in Picketsville.
Along the way Charlie Garland connects with Eden Saint Claire, his father manipulates the re-election campaign, and the folks at the Crossroads Diner cheer him on.