Troubleshooter - An EZRA HOOTEN Novel

Rod Lindsey
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Genres: Crime, Thrillers and Suspense, Commercial Fiction. Format: eBook. Views: This Week 72, Total 2869.
Ezra Hooten, a U.S. marshal with a reputation for bringing ‘em back dead at least as often as alive, has spent the bulk of his career pursuing his boyhood best friend, and blood-brother, Norman Carpenter, a scalp-collecting psychopath. Friends since adolescence, Hoot can sometimes sense Norman – especially if he’s close. As young men Hoot and Norman served together in the Vietnam War, where Hoot was awarded the Bronze Star for saving Norman’s life. But the tie that truly binds them is their connection to the girl both loved since middle school…Donna. Soon as Norman got home from the war he married Donna. A year later he brutally murdered her, ultimately going to federal prison for life for it. And then escaping, often finding work as a contract killer.

Troubleshooter opens in the Pacific Northwest in the present time, 38 years after Donna’s death, 28 since Norman went on the lam. Norman’s escape has been a very personal burden for Hoot, and he lives to see Norman behind bars again before retiring. Adding complications and a good deal of sex to the story is Angela, a confused young stripper who personifies the ghost of Donna in the minds of both men; Norman seeing her as an avenging spirit that he must kill again, while Hoot sees her as an unexpected chance at redemption – and as the perfect bait to catch Norman. The neverending manhunt is about to end...
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Very Good Story, Very Well Written, Definitely Recommended, Very Well Edited in 2 reviews.
Ian Miller : The book is described as a thriller, but for me it is really an updated western. It starts with Ezra Hooten (Hoot), a US Marshall bringing in a "bad person" who has shot another Marshall. The end of this scene is right out of Hollywood; not very sensible, it eventually defies the laws of physics, but it is fun. Let me plot a little of the book out as a western script, with what happens that is not strictly speaking western in Troubleshooter in brackets. There is a town that obviously is short of law and order (Spokane) with a big bad boss controlling his range (nude dancing) through his gunman (hitman), Norman, a Sioux with a passion for scalping. Liz brings Angela to town (and introduces her to lesbian sex, nude dancing, whereupon Angela uses sexual titillation to earn pieces of paper up to the size of a Benjamin Franklin from those in the saloon). One scalping comes to the attention of Hoot, who (drives) into town. With various comings and goings, and not a little naked Angela, Hoot eventually finds Norman. An inconclusive ending, more hunting, then a finale. Interspersed is a lot of back-story that comes in tiny scenes.

The book is very easy to read, the pages turn and it has an ending you probably will not see coming. I found the frequency of the time-jumping a little disconcerting, but as the past becomes filled in, a somewhat bigger story emerges. I enjoyed reading it, although perhaps I should add a caveat: I like old-fashioned western movies.

Ian Miller, author of Troubles and Puppeteer.

Rod Lindsey

Five Stars
Troubleshooter is a buddy movie gone awry. Way Awry! These two men began as boyhood friends, bonding in the sweat lodges of a Shaman. They continue to remain friends throughout the Vietnam War where they were Special Ops warriors. But after the war, they take totally different life paths and end up with a wild desire to kill each other. Their relationship is not helped when one steals the other’s girlfriend. Federal Marshall Ezra Hooten, nicknamed Troublshooter because of his accuracy with a gun, and Norman Carpenter, a psychotic killer, known as Creeper, for his ability to creep up on the enemy undetected, have been tracking each other for years. Enter Angela Hunter who decides to leave her home, husband and two kids to become a reluctant stripper. Her life is soon entangled with the seamy characters in this gritty, sexy story which takes place in the magnificent North West. I love this book and I think it is extremely well written. It is filled with believable and exciting characters that act totally different from what you expect. Mr. Lindsey has put a surprise on every page and I highly recommend it to action loving readers who thrive on a good thriller.
Mary Firmin, author Deadly Pleasures