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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
When a young black girl’s body is pulled from a river, even though the homicide doesn’t fall under Elmore’s jurisdiction, his friendship with her mother and an eerie resemblance to a similar unsolved homicide 30 years prior compels him to find out who’s responsible for this death. He senses there is some connection to the itinerant and mysterious “rainmaker” out in the woods, but can’t quite put his finger on what it is. Using a technique reminiscent of Hollywood’s “Columbo”, he diligently pursues the meager leads. He solves the case, but will the reader piece together the clues dropped by the author before Big Ray does? Challenge yourself!
Forgive my vernacular, but Their Feet Run to Evil by Thomas D. Holland is “one helluva read”! From the subtle clues Holland drops into the plot, to the captivating disposition of Big Ray Elmore, the police chief who narrates the story, to the not so subtle reminders of the destructiveness of white supremacy and the unforgettable feelings of first love, this murder mystery kept me riveted from start to finish. I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best murder/mysteries I have ever read. What’s more, it’s unique in both its physical and time setting. Holland has captured the flavor and pastimes of the fifties and the colorful diction and colloquialisms of the county folk while pursuing infinitely relevant themes. This is excellent writing and Thomas D. Holland is an author to watch. You can preview a bit of his next book at the end of this one. I can’t wait to read it!