"Powerful police procedural"
To get closer to his family, Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Detective Barrett "Bear" Raines transfers to
Lafayette County. Influential tycoon Linton Lloyd wants
Bear to run for County Sheriff against his enemy, the
incumbent Lou Sessions. Several years ago, Linton's son
Gary impregnated Lou's daughter but did nothing except
abandon the lass.
Bear wants to do it because a victory allows him even
more time with his family. Though he has doubts that an
African-American can win here, Linton persuades him to
try. However, a brutal murder with evidence pointing
towards Gary leaves the investigating Bear with quite a
conflict of interest that could violate state ethics laws
if he is not careful.
STRAWMAN'S HAMMOCK is a powerful police procedural that
augments the investigation with the political side of law
enforcement. The story line is filled with action that
never lets up until the case is solved. Bear is a great
character whose morality keeps him trying to do the right
thing while his wife enhances the reader's understanding of
his complex character. Darryl Wimberly has written a
strong tale that sub-genre fans will appreciate.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 11, 2001