After his unspectacular professional baseball career ends with a knee injury in Toledo, Ohio, Johnny Earl gets busted for selling cocaine. After serving seven years in prison, all he wants to do is return to his hometown of Steubenville, retrieve the drug money he stashed before he went to jail, and start a new life where no one has ever heard of Johnny Earl.
However, before he can leave town with his money, Johnny is picked up for questioning in the murder of Rayce Daubner, the FBI informant who had set him up on drug charges in the first place. Then his former prison cellmate shows up–a white supremacist who wants the drug money to help fund an Aryan nation in the wilds of Idaho.
Five memorable characters, each with a separate agenda, come together in this layered tale of murder, deceit, and political intrigue.
A Welcome Murder
“Has a wit and quirkiness that serve as reminders that the region isn’t so sacred that you can’t bring a little humor to it…. Yocum constructs a madcap yarn around this epicenter of economic depression, shifting narrators across a handful of quirky, hard-bitten residents….Yocum…has a keen, irreverent eye for detail.” – The Washington Post
“Memorable oddball characters, whose ambitions collide with results ranging from comic to fatal, populate Yocum’s exceptionally clever novel…. A rollicking tale sure to appeal to Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard fans.” – Publishers Weekly – STARRED REVIEW
“Superb…. The narrative fascinates as much for its artfulness as for the revelations that come through the multiple points of view: the splendid pacing, the deceptively simple prose, and the high energy boiling just beneath it all prove addictive. The characters, too, linger in the memory…. The revelation, when it comes at the end, is still kept from most of the characters. But we know, and that’s enough.” – Booklist -
“A memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved.” – Kirkus Reviews
- STARRED REVIEW
“What a cast of characters! Both the pacing and the dialogue are razor-sharp-the pages almost seemed to turn themselves…. The novel hasthat rare mix of dark depravity and utter hilarity; there’s sex and violence, but plenty of dry humor to lighten the tale. The plot is well-crafted and brought to a supremely satisfying conclusion with plenty of delightful twists. The reader will alternately gasp and laugh out loud-this one is not to be missed!” – MysteryPeople – “Pick of the Month”
Robin Yocum was born in 1955 in Steubenville, Ohio, and grew up in the in the Eastern Ohio village of Brilliant. He is an award-winning journalist and the author of three books.