Life can get a little wild from time to time for John
Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas. For
instance, Marlin didn't even bat an eyelash when a local
resident's amorous encounter with a white-tailed deer came
to light last year-on videotape. Aside from that, however,
few incidents compare to the stories flying around town at
the start of this new deer season.
Hunters all over the county are reporting an incredible
sight: a six-foot-tall, drop-dead gorgeous blonde is
roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with
guns and disarming them with powers of seduction the likes
of which none of them have ever come across before. Of
course, the last time any of these guys was seduced was by
the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog, so Marlin
wonders if the reports are a bit exaggerated.
Everyone has some hearty laughs at the expense of a few
embarrassed hunters, until one of their own turns up dead
in the woods. Now Marlin has a real mystery to deal with.
Meanwhile, rumors are spreading about a new Blanco
resident, an ex-New Yorker named Sal Mameli who's ruffling
feathers with his loud mouth and his penchant for getting
his own way, no matter what the cost. Before long, John
Marlin realizes he may be the only sane man in town, and
he's starting to wonder if he can last much longer himself.
It's just the start of another unforgettable hunting season
in Bone Dry, the hilarious second novel from Edgar finalist