Terry Shames, author of the Samuel Craddock mystery series, will be at The Avid Reader at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, to launch her newest book, “The Last Death of Jack Harbin.” The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
In this novel, the shocking murder of a wounded veteran challenges the investigative skills of former police chief Samuel Craddock.
Just before the outbreak of the Gulf War, two 18-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas, signed up for the Army. But Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. The men haven’t spoken since.
Just as they are about to reconcile, Jack is brutally murdered. With the chief of police out of commission, it’s up to trusted ex-chief Craddock to investigate. Against the backdrop of small-town loyalties and betrayals, Craddock discovers dark secrets of the past and present to solve the mystery of Jack’s death.
Shames grew up in Texas, and has an abiding affection for the people she grew up with and the landscape and culture of the town that is the model for Jarrett Creek.
She graduated from the University of Texas and has a master’s degree from San Francisco State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two terriers and a regal cat.