The Blight Way (Simon & Schuster 2006) introduces Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho.
When a dead body turns up at the ranch of the often-arrested Scragg family, Bo
father, former sheriff "Pap" Tully, to come along and help investigate as a 75th birthday present.
and Pap agree that none of the Scraggs are suspects for a change, and when three more bodies are found not far from the first, Bo fears that there is a professional killer on the loose.
is a wonderful character with a self-deprecating sense of humor that masks his
intelligence and dedication.
doesn't let small details like search warrants and strict adherence to the letter of the law get in the way of ferreting out the truth and enforcing justice the Blight Way.
A down-home guy who fits perfectly into his
eccentric backwoods environment, Bo
has hidden depths: a pet Hobo spider that lives behind his
filing cabinet, and a talent for painting landscapes.
The restrained humor of the narration erupts into occasional laugh-out-loud moments that sneak up on you: the reaction from women to the "warm look" Bo
picked up from a romance novel, and the inevitable result of shoving a gun down the front of your pants after losing 20 pounds.