"The author offers insights into the political, economic, and cultural ramifications of Indian casinos, along with a large cast of believable characters with a wide emotional range." Publishers Weekly
When Cherokee burial remains are unearthed on the site expanding a local cemetery, the dual occupations of Barry Clayton, part-time deputy and full-time undertaker, collide. Then, during the interment of the wife of one of Gainesboro, North Carolina's most prominent citizens, Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther leads a protest. Words and fists fly.
When Panther turns up executed on the grave of the deceased woman, Barry is forced to confront her family as the chief suspects. But the case lurches in a new direction with the arrival of Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkin's Army pal, Boston cop Kevin Malone. He's on the trail of a Boston hit man who arrived at the Cherokee reservation only days before the murder. Malone is convinced his quarry is the triggerman.
The accelerating investigation draws Barry onto the reservation where Panther's efforts to preserve Cherokee traditions threatened the development of a new casino, a casino bringing millions of dollars of construction plus huge yearly payouts to every member of the tribe. Leading an unlikely teamhis childhood nemesis Archie Donovan and his elderly fellow undertaker Uncle WayneBarry goes undercover. But the stakes are higher than he realized in this risky undertaking. And the life of a Cherokee boy becomes the wager. Barry must play his cards very carefully...
About the Author
Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where many of his novels are set. He's a veteran of the television and film production industry, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching The American Mystery, and he's a frequent speaker and workshop leader. He and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.markdecastrique.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read all of the Buryin' Barry Mysteries to date and can't wait for the next. De Castrique has created this very special character - a hero with a heart, who puts family and friends first. Although these are well plotted mysteries, the story lines regarding family and community (his father's Alzheimers, the attempted take-over by mortuary conglomerates, etc.) are just as compelling. Read and enjoy !!
In a small town everyone wears more than one hat. In a small town Gainsborro, North Carolina, Burying Barry is the town undertaker and a cop. What starts out as an ambush after a poker game with the Mayor as instigator ends up calling the entire cast of zany citizens into the latest Burying Barry Mystery. From the Town Sheriff Tommy Lee to the rogue FBI agent Kevin Malone each of the Law men is well drawn and plausible. Being married to a Lawman myself, I often find the cops to be written as unbelievably heroic or unbelievably dumb. Great book cops are a treat for me. I had not read any of the previous six novels but this is a great stand alone mystery. The author brings you up to speed on each of the characters relationship with each other without belaboring the story or slowing it down. The glimpses of past stories intrigued me enough to go check out some of the earlier Burying Barry stories. The story was well paced and had some great twists and turns throughout. Characters are believable and well defined. The story was engrossing and hard to put down. I loved the the book started and ended with a poker game and an ambush of Burying Barry