Title: Buck Fever: A Blanco County Texas Novel
Publisher: Minotaur Books September 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0312291140 Author's first novel. This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page with a non-personalized inscription as follows: Thanks for reading/Ben Rehder. Also, laid in is a promotional bookmark. Bookseller Inventory # 006280
Synopsis: Blanco County, Texas: It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock aren't the only good ol' boys out at night spotlighting deer from their pickups, trying to get a jump on the hundreds of hunters that will be out come Saturday. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck deer prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy.
Marlin's seen a lot in his years, but this is wilder than he could have imagined: the man in the deer suit is a good friend, and the whacked-out whitetail isn't exactly a stranger either. It's the beginning of a mad, frantic weekend in Blanco County, one that will see a few more men shot, an invasion by Colombians with more than hunting on their minds, and damn near the end of Marlin's life. Newcomer Ben Rehder serves it all up with a huge helping of humor in this comic mystery that will firmly establish him as the funniest crime writer in Texas.
From the Inside Flap:
Shooting praise for Buck Fever
"This is a wild and crazy first novel, crowded with weird people, unusual relationships (both animal and human), and frequent humor that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, and other comic mystery writers. Strongly recommended."- Library Journal (starred review)
"Briskly paced, amusing, spiced with deftly drawn good-old-boy portraits: an altogether promising debut."- Kirkus Reviews
" Buck Fever is a dripping-cold long-neck and a smoldering pile of spent double-aught shells. This one slithers, shakes and strikes like a diamondback. Don't miss it."-Tim Dorsey, author of Florida Roadkill and Triggerfish Twist
"[A] promising debut. . . comes within shooting distance of Hiaasen and Leonard territory."
"A funny, nightmarish tale from the Texas Hill Country, where being a game warden might be harder than being a cop."-Jamie Harrison, author of Blue Deer Thaw
"Ben Rehder's Buck Fever is absolutely the epitome of hunting camp jabber. I was going to write a book exactly like this, then he stole the idea and beat me to the printer."
-TJ Greaney, The Outdoor Zone Radio Show
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