"Ron Franscell's 'Deaf Row' tells a darkly engrossing story with masterful, easy-flowingprose and a cleverinfusion of humor. The tension builds incrementally to a chilling five-star climax in which Franscellputshis well-honed skill as a true crime author to gooduse. It gave me goosebumps big time." -ANNE HILLERMAN, bestselling author of the Leaphorn, Chee, Manuelito mysteries
Retired from a big-city homicide beat to a small Colorado mountain town, ex-detective Woodrow "Mountain" Bell yearns only to fade away. He's failed in so many ways as a father, a husband, friend, and cop that it might be too late for a meaningful life. When he stumbles across a long-forgotten, unsolved child murder, his first impulse is to let it lie ... but he can't. He's drawn into the macabre mystery when he realizes the killer might still be near. Without help from ambivalent local cops, Bell must overcome the obstacles of time, age, and a lack of police resources by calling upon the unique skills of the end-of-the-road codgers he meets for coffee every morning-a club of old guys who call themselves Deaf Row. Soon, this motley crew finds itself on a collision course with a serial butcher.
"...an undisputed gift for storytelling." -GREGG OLSEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of IF YOU TELL
DEAF ROW is more than a tense mystery novel, more than an unnerving psychological thriller drawn from Ron Franscell's career as a bestselling true-crime writer and journalist. It is also a novel of men pushing back against time and death, trying not to disappear entirely. DEAF ROW is a moving, occasionally humorous, portrait of flawed people caught in a web of pain and regret. And although you might think you know where this ghastly case is headed, the climax will blindside you.