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No Safe Refuge Christopher C. Gibbs

No Safe Refuge

Christopher C. Gibbs

Published 2004
ISBN : 9781413446098
Paperback
240 pages
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No Safe Refuge is a murder mystery set in rural Missouri during the Red Scare of 1919. Jim Buckner, a wounded war veteran is the local Deputy Sheriff and still new on the job. When he is approached for cooperation by a federal agent and his hit manMoreNo Safe Refuge is a murder mystery set in rural Missouri during the Red Scare of 1919. Jim Buckner, a wounded war veteran is the local Deputy Sheriff and still new on the job. When he is approached for cooperation by a federal agent and his hit man in searching out local communist agitators, Buckner is skeptical. When the hit man is found murdered, Buckner resists the agents orders to forget the murder and go after the reds. Buckner, with no experience in murder investigation, relies on his experience as a cavalryman on the Mexican Border, where he learned about hunting and tracking from the Apache. Along the way, Buckner enlists the aid of his family, the operator of a local house of prostitution, a drunken doctor, and the elegant owner of a black speakeasy. He also has to deal with local socialists and members of the I.W.W., some of whom try to kill him to stop his investigation. In the end, Buckner arrests the real killer, falls in love, and learns a great deal about himself and the town he lives in.