May 12, 2015
Anita ‘Flak’ Anders, the first woman sheriff of Nacogdoches County, is called to a fire in the wee hours of a hot July night in Deep East Texas.
There she finds Curtis Lee Barnes, the husband who left her four years ago. He tells her the man trapped and dying in the burning building is the father-in-law he would never let her get to know.
While Flak struggles with her old flame, and the new relationship just beginning to develop with the fire chief, she must also figure out which of the Barnes family might have killed the old man. And Curtis Lee is among the suspects.
She better find out fast, as more bullets begin to fly, all apparently aimed at her head. While Flak dodges the escalating attempts on her life, the story of Tucker Barnes unfolds in alternating chapters.
The chilling evil of a man who abuses his family in every way is described by the youngest daughter, Jenny, who exposes the raw pain of a child and an adult searching for some way, any way, she could have made it different.
Against the backdrop of the religious fervor of the Pentecostal sects that proliferate in East Texas, Flak continues to pull the information she needs, piece by piece, out of a family that has banded together to shut out the outsider.
Piercing their defenses and gaining their trust, she finally puts all the pieces together just before her house explodes before her eyes. Concussed in the explosion, she has to take shelter with the fire chief she is beginning to love, and remember the solution to the puzzle before someone else dies.
Lisa C Hannon’s first novel, This Little Pig, A Flak Anders Mystery, draws on her deep love of the Piney Woods region of East Texas. As the granddaughter of an Apostolic preacher in a deeply religious, rural community, her ear for the speech rhythms is unerring, and her depth of understanding of what families hide behind outwardly normal facades is disturbing. As she weaves in the biblical references and reliance that are part of everyday life in small sects across the Southern United States, the resonance becomes more and more disquieting, while the novel winds up to its ultimate, inevitable ending. Blood will always tell.
- Title: This Little Pig, A Flak Anders Mystery
- Author: Lisa C Hannon
- Publication Date: May 10, 2015
- Publisher: LCH Media, Fort Stockton, TX
- ISBN/EAN13: 0692443606 / 9780692443606
- Page Count: 290
- Binding Type: US Trade Paper
- Trim Size: 5″ x 8″
- Language: English
- Color: Black and White
- Related Categories: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General