Gone The Next (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1)

Gone The Next (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1)

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Edgar Award finalist Ben Rehder's novels have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream.

GONE THE NEXT is the first novel in the Roy Ballard mystery series.

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.


“Murderously funny.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Another of Rehder’s relentlessly twisted tales. Outrageous fun.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Wickedly funny.”
—Dallas Morning News

“The odd cast of characters and bizarre plots and subplots make for a rollicking good read.”
—Houston Chronicle

“Rehder has made the leap from writing skillful comic pleasantries to pulverizing satire.”
— Austin American-Statesman

“Rehder writes with an assured hand and a knowing tip of the wide-brimmed cowboy hat to the ways and wiles of the characters that people his distinctly Texan landscape.”
—San Antonio Express-News

“[An] increasingly popular (and increasingly enjoyable) series. With this novel, the Marlin series has completed the transition from light mystery to no-holds-barred madcap comedy crime fiction (à la Westlake or Hiaasen).” —Booklist

“Rehder continues to improve with each book. [His] series will appeal to fans of Southwestern mysteries laced with a bit of humor.”
—Library Journal

“This series about Blanco County, Texas, game warden John Marlin keeps getting odder and funnier…But one thing’s for sure: Rehder has jumped to a new level...just might grab a chunk of the outsize Hiaasen crowd.”

“Down-home humor that is both intriguing and entertaining.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Rollicking good fun.”
—San Antonio Express-News

“Rehder’s clever storytelling skills, his expert comic timing and flair for characters have made this series shine. Rehder doesn’t just write niche mysteries, he’s proving to be one of the genre’s rising talents with his twisted tales.”
—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“The writing here is confident and vigorous; the tone is quintessentially Texan and relentlessly wry. There’s sure to be a long career for this happy, wacky series.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Ben Rehder writes about the Texas Hill Country with such insightful appreciation that he’s come to own the territory, much the same way Carl Hiaasen owns South Florida.”
—Austin Chronicle

Product Details

  • Author: Ben Rehder
  • Publication Date: 2012-09-15
  • Product Group: eBooks
  • Binding: Kindle Edition, 284 pages

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