Vengeance is Mine

Vengeance is Mine

Reavis Z. Wortham / Dec 09, 2019

Vengeance is Mine In October of The Summer of Love is history rock and roll is dark and revolutionary and people in the small east Texas community of Center Springs simply want to live their lives as quietly as

  • Title: Vengeance is Mine
  • Author: Reavis Z. Wortham
  • ISBN: 9781464202605
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • In October of 1967, The Summer of Love is history, rock and roll is dark and revolutionary, and people in the small east Texas community of Center Springs simply want to live their lives as quietly as possible But a handsome darkness in the form of Las Vegas gangster Anthony Agrioli has left the business to hide out in the tiny backwater settlement with his blond bombshelIn October of 1967, The Summer of Love is history, rock and roll is dark and revolutionary, and people in the small east Texas community of Center Springs simply want to live their lives as quietly as possible But a handsome darkness in the form of Las Vegas gangster Anthony Agrioli has left the business to hide out in the tiny backwater settlement with his blond bombshell girlfriend.Two years earlier, Agrioli met newlyweds Cody and Norma Faye Parker in a Vegas casino and heard their enthusiastic descriptions of the perfect place to settle down and raise a family At least it was perfect, before their peaceful world found itself directly in the crosshairs of a coming confrontation.Back in Center Springs, thirteen year old Top Parker has what his grandmother, Miss Becky, calls a Poisoned Gift His dreams, though random and disconnected, always seem to come true This time Top dreams he s a wagon hub with spokes converging from all directions To him, the spokes symbolize that something is coming, but he doesn t know their quiet community will soon be a combat zone when the gangsters arrive, but they re after something else and not Agrioli yet.A sheriff crooked as a dog s hind leg, an unsolved murder in the river bottoms, counterfeit money and a bank robbery all wrapped in a country Shakespearian comedy once again brings together Constable Ned Parker, Constable Cody Parker, Deputy John Washington, Judge O.C Rains, and the rest of Wortham s real and sometimes wacky cast of characters.

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      • Reavis Z. Wortham

        Reavis Z Wortham retired in 2011 and now works harder than before as the author of the critically acclaimed Red River historical mystery series Kirkus Reviews listed his first novel, The Rock Hole, as one of their Top 12 Mysteries of 2011 True West Magazine included Dark Places as one of 2015 s Top 12 Modern Westerns The Providence Journal writes, This year s Unraveled is a hidden gem of a book that reads like Craig Johnson s Longmire on steroids Wortham s new high octane contemporary thriller from Kensington Publishing, Hawke s Prey, featuring Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke was released in June, 2017.


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    1. I received this book free from the author. This is my honest review."Vengeance is mine, I will repay, sayeth The Lord." (Romans 12:19). In 1967, in the small town of Center Springs, Texas, events are going to take place that will put this promise to the ultimate test. Tony Agrioli and his girlfriend, have just moved into town after having met Center Springs' Constable Cody Parker and his new wife while they were on their honeymoon in Las Vegas. Tony wants to live a simple peaceful life, but we d [...]


    2. Just another great episode of Wortham’s Red River Mystery series. Only 2 more books in it & I’m going to be sad when I finish them.


    3. This book was received as a win. As with some of my other reviews, I think that by not starting with the first book in the series I missed out. There are some references to people and incidents from previous novels. While I don't think its necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this one, I think it helps to have the whole story. Think of this book as a cross between Casino, The Andy Griffith Show, with a little dash of The Dukes of Hazard thrown in for good measure. Set in 1967 in the sl [...]


    4. Most of you may not have heard of Reavis Z. Wortham, the author of the Red River Mystery series. There is literally an ocean of mystery series out there vying for your obsessive nature, but luckily I happened upon this guy at a writer's conference a few years back. Mr. Wortham is a charismatic Texan who does a masterful job at striking a balance between nostalgia (his books are set in the 1960's), coming of age, and gritty murder most foul. "Vengeance is Mine" is his fourth installment, and I ne [...]


    5. Reavis Z. Wortham has done it again! He writes characters that I can immediately see and hear in my mind as I read. Of course, growing up in the same area around the same time and among the same type of people he writes about makes that easier. Although his writing style is a little different--switching narrators from first to third person regularly--readers soon get the hang of his delivery and find themselves neck-deep into the story. "Vengeance" is the fourth book in a continuing series about [...]


    6. Fabulous series by author Reavis Z. Wortham. I have read the entire series and have enjoyed it immensely. It is set during the 1960s in northeast Texas. It was a time that was less than fifty years ago but feels like a lifetime ago. Following the adventures of Top and Pepper, the grandchildren of Ned and Becky Parker, is always fascinating.This latest book, Vengeance is Mine, is filled with dizzying action throughout as former mafia lieutenant Tony Agrioli and his new wife settle into Center Spr [...]


    7. This is a great story and it is not necessary to have read the earlier Red River Mysteries.There are 2 divergent stories with very different stereotypes (Las Vegas Mafia and rural Texas folks) that connect in Chapter 13. Some of the names and descriptions brought a smile to my face."Vengeance Is Mine" but who's? The young Texas boy,Grandpa and Uncle Cody, the daughter of the Mafia boss or the Lord?


    8. Another fun book in Reavis Wortham's Red River Series. Just when you think that Top and Pepper can't get into any more trouble, the Las Vegas mob comes to town. This was a very entertaining thriller and a very quick read. This book has suspense, humor, intrigue, etc. and was hard to put down.


    9. Back in Center Springs all hell bursts loose as the town is invaded by mobsters, there's a murder, attacks by feral dogs, a bank robbery and a dirty law officer, otherwise things are normal in the small Texas town.


    10. A nice addition to the East Texas literary scene. Appealing characters, plots that twist and coverge, and a fine sense of place.


    11. This is the best book I have read in a long time. The characters are real, the story is well done. It was worth my time to read. Excellent book.I won this book through FirstReads giveaways.



    12. Vengeance Is Mine is the fifth book in Wortham’s Red River Mystery Series. It opens with a hit man getting an assignment in Las Vegas 1967. Anthony Agrioli has not gone soft, but when he sees a couple of kids on the list, something begins to stir inside him. After deciding to double-cross his gangster boss and get out of the killing business, he picks up a hot babe and heads out of town. They set out on a path that may lead them to their own destruction.The couple ends up in a small town in no [...]


    13. Vengeance is Mine: A Red River Mystery, by Reavis Wortham, was selected as the June feature in my book club. As is my nature, I dove in, last minute, without even a perusal of the jacket summary. Okay, I admit, I'm ASSUMING there is a hard cover with a jacket summary out there somewhere. I downloaded the book in a moment of, "Holy sheep shizzle the author is COMING to our meeting and I need to start reading!" Exactly seven seconds after the Kindle download completed, my thought shifted to, "Awe [...]


    14. Wortham has completely won me over with his blend of humor and seriousness. With one word, he can have me reliving my youth in my own central Illinois version of Center Springs. Last time in The Right Side of Wrong, that one word was "bobwire" (barbed wire). In Vengeance Is Mine, it's "worsh" (wash). Even if you didn't grow up in a small town in the 1960s, you're certainly going to know what it was like by reading Wortham.There's a seriousness to Wortham: big city problems moving into small town [...]


    15. WinIt is October 1967 when Las Vegas gangster Anthony Agrioli decides to hide out in the Center Springs a small town in Texas with his blond girlfriend. Trying to keep a low profile and blend in with the community.We meet thirteen-year-old Top Parker has what his grandmother, Miss Becky, calls a Poisoned Gift. Top dreams are usually random and disconnected but they manage to come true. This time it is about a wagon hub with spokes converging from all directions. The spokes symbolize that somethi [...]


    16. Vengeance is Mine is part of a series but it's fine to read as a stand-alone. Center Springs is a small town where everybody knows everybody and everybody knows everybody's business. Tony Agrioli and his blonde companion are newcomers to the town. Tony is a retired hitman and he just wants a quiet life in peaceful surroundings. But he really shouldn't have taken money from his former boss even if he did consider it severance pay. Top Parker is a thirteen year old who sees things in his dreams an [...]





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