Cracker Town by W.F. Ranew – Spotlight and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. W.F. Ranew will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

In 1955, Cleet Wrightman is found guilty of murdering a woman and sent to the Georgia State Mental Hospital to serve out his time until 1973. In spring of that year, young agent Red Farlow investigates the slayings of three members of the Goings family in Valdosta, but he was never able to apprehend the murderer.

Enjoy an Excerpt

A gentle breeze teased as the man leaned against the flaky bark of a pecan tree in a spot two miles west of Boston, Georgia. Cleet Wrightman soaked up the shade’s comfort after several long, warm April days on the road. His back eased against the trunk. Restful.

Cleet welcomed the morning sunlight as an assurance spring had arrived. Yet, the day warmed quickly. Probably no more than eighty then. He didn’t mind the heat, long as he was in the shade or caught a ride. Both offered a solace of their own, depending.

If he had to walk along the road, arm high begging for a ride, he would be in for perhaps hours of making slow way along Georgia’s two-lane blacktops. Something he had to do. But thumbing wouldn’t get him where he needed to go very fast. Then there was an occasional truck passing thirty yards or so from where he rested. Any one of their drivers might pick him up. Then, it was springtime, and he relished a day of lying in.

He’d gotten to the pecan grove the night before, late, and slept for several hours before the sun woke him up. He rubbed the night grit from his eyes and licked his tongue around a dry mouth. When he stood up and walked around the tree to limber up, he noticed his boots were wet. He shook off the dew, but he feared more blisters that day…

About the Author:
W.F. Ranew writes the Red Farlow Mysteries series from Tirgearr Publishing. The most recent book is No. 5, Cracker Town.

Ranew formerly worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for several regional dailies: The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ranew has written two previous novels — Schoolhouse Man and Candyman’s Sorrow.

He lives with his wife in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Ga.

Find all Farlow novels at Tirgearr Publishing — Rich and Gone, Blue Magnolia, Eat Beach, and Blood Mug.

Buy the book at Amazon.

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  1. Bea LaRocca says

    An intriguing synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details and for offering a giveaway, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and am looking forward to reading your story

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. The story sounds very intriguing.

  4. Thanks for hosting this tour. I hope everyone enjoys reading Cracker Town.

  5. Eva Millien says

    Hi W.F.! I enjoyed reading the excerpt and Cracker Town sounds like a great mystery! Thanks for brining it to my attention and have a magical holiday season!

  6. Christina Gould says

    I love the beautiful cover and the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. This sounds like a great story.

  8. This looks like a great read.

  9. Cracker Town by W.F. Ranew sounds like it would be an engaging and entertaining book to read.

  10. Michele Soyer says

    Thank you for the excerpt – enjoyable reading.

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