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When the Corn Is Waist High de Jeremy Scott
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When the Corn Is Waist High (edició 2022)

de Jeremy Scott (Autor)

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"Highly original. . . Ample dry humor leavens a plotline that thoughtfully explores the heartof human darkness . . . Michael Koryta admirers will be enthralled." --PublishersWeekly, starred review "What appears to be a humorous story set in Indiana farm country becomes a thriller with multiple shocking twists. Fans of TV's Dexter might want to try this disquieting book from Scott." --Library Journal In the early 1980s, a tight-knit Indiana community is struck by a series of violent murders. Father Solomon Lancaster--the town's dry-witted sheriff and priest at the community Catholic church--finds himself on the forefront of the investigation. Soon, he's fighting to match wits with the serial killer terrorizing his town while trying to justify his law enforcement credentials to the FBI as their analysts and profilers take Crooked Creek, Indiana, by storm. But Father Solomon is hiding secrets of his own. Ones that threaten to rise to the surface as the murders continue and the investigation draws nearer to the truth. As the killer begins to escalate, Father Solomon finds that even the innocent have dark sides, and trust might be the deadliest weapon of all.… (més)
Membre:JessicaHeatherly
Títol:When the Corn Is Waist High
Autors:Jeremy Scott (Autor)
Informació:Keylight Books (2022), 294 pages
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Oof, this Early Reviewers book was a total miss for me. The narrator is both the town sheriff and the local Catholic priest, and he's in way over his head when a serial killer appears to set up shop in his rural Indiana town.

The book is pegged on its cover as "A Thriller," which can only have been an aspirational appellation added by someone who had not actually read the book. Often legitimate thrillers will effectively employ humor at strategic points to diffuse the building tension, but here we have Sheriff Father Lancaster making fun of everyone and everything around him, without any tension in sight to be diffused. It just comes off as mean-spirited and annoying.

He is at least an equal-opportunity asshole, I'll give him that. Everyone from the local farmers, to the police officers on loan from neighboring departments to the mayor and the FBI come in for ridicule. To read Scott's rendition of rural Indiana is to wonder why anyone would ever want to live there. In the narrator's eagerness to spotlight the worst aspects and congenital quirks of what he clearly views as Hicksville USA, he spends most of an entire chapter explaining at laborious length what a tenderloin sandwich is, making fun of the people who eat it, and then admitting that it's tasty. Pick a lane, Sheriff Father Lancaster!

The only thing worse than the characterization is the plotting. None of it hangs together and there were so many unanswered questions, random red herrings that never get resolved, and unexpected revelations that don't jibe with anything that came earlier that I wondered if the book was a strange choose-your-own-adventure gone awry.

I'm already as bored writing this review as I was reading the book, so I'll wrap this up. There are couple of twists that I'm sure someone in the marketing department thought justified that "Thriller" label, but they came too late to redeem the book for me. I sincerely hope you never read this one, but if you have, there is just one of those unanswered questions that I'd love to have answered about the murderer and his crimes:

WHERE DID HE GET THE HORSE?!?!?!? ( )
  rosalita | May 28, 2022 |
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I really enjoyed this book. The plot kept me turning pages and had me hooked from the get go. The pace was great with a real sense of setting and atmosphere. ( )
  bookymouse | May 22, 2022 |
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The plot was terrific, with a twist I never would have thought of (or have read of so far - what a great idea!). However, it was buried beneath too much description and repetitiveness. While I appreciated some of the information about Indiana food and that area's way of life, there was more than one occasion where I would have preferred the story to go on faster instead of stopping by the roadside to enjoy the view.
Also, I was a bit disappointed about how things continued after the surprising plot twist which indicated a very explosive finale. It seemed the author didn't want the book to end and so he delayed the unavoidable ending as long as possible and let the main character babble on about his thoughts, his intentions, his plans - whatever. I would have preferred to come to the end - which was quite satisfying - sooner and faster, which would surely have doubled its wow-effect. Overall I did enjoy the book, but would have preferred its abbreviated version.

(thanks to librarything, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own) ( )
  misspider | May 16, 2022 |
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I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

I'm not quite sure what to think about Jeremy Scott's serial killer novel set in Indiana, "When the Corn is Waist High". As a born and bred Hoosier of almost 70 years, I was offended and disappointed in the way the author portrayed rural Hoosiers as bumpkins and dullards. And, I'm not sure where he got the idea that the Hoosier accent is a combination of Minnesotan and a Southern drawl, but that's not even close. I worked hard to not let my feelings about the author's dismissal of my fellow Hoosiers color my opinion of what is a pretty good thriller.
The protagonist is the sheriff of a small Indiana town and also the town's Catholic priest. I'll give author Scott props for an imaginative character combo there. The small, quiet town is suddenly besieged with strange killings that border on serial. The murderer is leaving behind a variety of flowers on the various dead bodies that become unanswered clues. Soon, it's clear to the mayor that the sheriff/priest is not capable of solving the murders, so he petitions the governor for help from the FBI.
As the body count increases neither the sheriff nor the FBI are any closer to finding the killer. Scott throws in an illicit love affair and other red herrings into a plot that takes a couple of really imaginative turns in the last half of the book.
If you're not a Hoosier and you like a quick thriller to read, then I think you'll like "When the Corn is Waist High".
3.5 stars ( )
  coachtim30 | Apr 27, 2022 |
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Although he doesn’t yet know it, when Sheriff Solomon Lancaster finds a lily stem sewn into the arm of eighty-four-year-old Tina Hillary . . . who’s lying dead on her kitchen floor, cradling the flower in her hand . . . it’s the beginning of a series of weird murders in Crooked Creek, Indiana.

Not surprisingly, the sheriff, who is also the priest serving at the Jerusalem Independent Catholic Church, finds himself at odds with Mayor Sean Burke, who is determined to call in the FBI [which he does] despite the fact that one body does not signify a serial killer. Nevertheless, the mayor arranges for the loan of four officers from nearby departments to assist in the investigation.

It isn’t long before another body turns up, this time with daffodils replacing the young girl’s hands. As the killer terrorizes the town, the FBI takes over the investigation. Murder victims continue to appear, each sporting flowers.

Can Sheriff/Father Lancaster solve the mystery of the murderer without revealing his own secrets?

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Set in the 1980s in a rural farm town, the story is grim and dark, featuring several gruesome murders. As the story unfolds, there’s a LOT of discussion about food. The wise-cracking sheriff/priest serves as narrator for the telling of this tale; his predilection toward swearing, however, is a bit difficult to accept. [And the gratuitous use of an offensive expletive lowers the rating for the book.]

A bit of romance, several interesting characters, and plot twists that are sure to surprise the reader all help to keep the pages turning. About two-thirds of the way through the story, a plot twist changes everything for the reader and the denouement is likely to surprise everyone.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Readers program ( )
  jfe16 | Apr 10, 2022 |
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"Highly original. . . Ample dry humor leavens a plotline that thoughtfully explores the heartof human darkness . . . Michael Koryta admirers will be enthralled." --PublishersWeekly, starred review "What appears to be a humorous story set in Indiana farm country becomes a thriller with multiple shocking twists. Fans of TV's Dexter might want to try this disquieting book from Scott." --Library Journal In the early 1980s, a tight-knit Indiana community is struck by a series of violent murders. Father Solomon Lancaster--the town's dry-witted sheriff and priest at the community Catholic church--finds himself on the forefront of the investigation. Soon, he's fighting to match wits with the serial killer terrorizing his town while trying to justify his law enforcement credentials to the FBI as their analysts and profilers take Crooked Creek, Indiana, by storm. But Father Solomon is hiding secrets of his own. Ones that threaten to rise to the surface as the murders continue and the investigation draws nearer to the truth. As the killer begins to escalate, Father Solomon finds that even the innocent have dark sides, and trust might be the deadliest weapon of all.

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