Rude Awakening (Sheriff Milt Kovak Mysteries (Hardcover))

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The tenth Milt Kovak mystery from this best-selling author . . . Strange things are happening in Prophesy County. First, Deputy Dalton Pettigrew disappears on a mysterious date in Tulsa. His sister goes to rescue him, only to disappear herself. She’d left her middle child, Eli, in the care of Jean, the sheriff’s wife, but now he’s missing too. Who is the mysterious Dr Emil Hawthorne, and why is he out to get Jean? Can Milt Kovak find Eli before it’s too late?

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Susan Rogers Cooper was an administrator for a medical malpractice company for many years. She also volunteered at a battered women's shelter in Austin where she set up a training program for new volunteers. She lives in Lockhart, Texas.

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A small-town sheriff's department deals with a series of interconnected crimes. The girl of his dreams whom Deputy Dalton Pettigrew has traveled to Tulsa to meet turns out to be a man. Awakening in an alley sans pants and wallet, he lands in jail, too embarrassed to disclose his identity. When he calls his depressed sister Mary Ellen to spring him, she leaves Eli, her middle child, in the care of psychiatrist Jean MacDonnell, the wife of Prophesy County Sheriff Milt Kovak. But trouble looms in the person of Dr. Emil Hawthorne, who's awakened from a long coma with a keen remembrance of Jean's turning him in for having sex with his patients. His plan for revenge is to kidnap Jean's son, Johnny Mac, with the help of Holly Humphries, who thinks she's starring in a film he's making. Instead, however, he mistakenly snatches Eli. Realizing at last that the kidnapping is for real, Holly manages to escape with Eli, but they get lost in the woods. There they encounter Dalton, who's been equally lost since Mary Ellen left him asleep in her car while she attempted suicide. Unwilling to be left out, Dalton's controlling mother is harassing Milt over her missing son and grandchild. Though all the lost are eventually found safe, Hawthorne is shot dead, leaving it up to Milt and Jean to uncover clues from the past and identify the guilty party. A surprise ending caps this unusually amusing entry in Milt's ebullient series (Shotgun Wedding, 2009, etc.). --Kirkus Reviews, 15th August 2009

Cooper's likable Milt Kovak is back in another cracking adventure set in Prophesy County, Oklahoma. This time out the intrepid county sheriff is faced with two mystifying disappearances. First, his deputy, Dalton Pettigrew, goes missing, and shortly afterwards, Milt's nephew, Eli, is spirited off while Milt's wife, Jean, is babysitting him. Then a call comes from the boy's kidnapper, claiming the situation is Jean's fault because of something she did years earlier. Jean quickly realizes who the kidnapper is; clearly, he was targeting Milt and Jean's son and absconded with the wrong child. Struggling to put the personal element aside, Milt races to find Eli, nab the kidnapper, and determine what happened to the missing deputy. Cooper successfully mixes down-home ambiance, corny but charming humor, and sparkling characters with a serious police procedural. Like Steven Havill's Bill Gastner, Kovak can shed his good ol' boy attitude and turn tough and competent in a flash. --Booklist, 1st September 2009

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