Harkness: A High Desert Mystery Book Tour

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Harkness Book Tour
Harkness Book Tour

About the book: In this thrilling debut novel, Harkness: A High Desert Mystery by Michael Bigham, Sheriff Matt Harkness faces a perilous challenge. He isn’t your typical Western sheriff. Cowboy boots make his arches ache, he’s phobic of horses, he drives an old battered pickup and his faithful companion is a wiener dog named Addison. Set on the Oregon High Desert in 1952, life in the small town of Barnesville has been easy-going for Matthew until a star-crossed teen-age couple disappears. Harkness is the keeper of secrets in his little town and to solve the crime, he must decide which secrets to expose. One secret involves Judge Barnes, the county’s most powerful man. But Harkness has a secret of his own: he’s in love with the Judge’s wife. How much is Harkness willing to risk to catch a murderer?



Three dozen young men, most of them towheaded, in football pads and cutoffs grunted as they pushed blocking sleds in the late afternoon sun.  It must have been ninety-five degrees out, but thank God, not a hundred.  It got so unbearable here ‘bout when it cracked a hundred, the snakes and coyotes hid in their holes until the sun went down.

“Pick it up, Rob,” Coach Conroy yelled in a high-pitched voice.  “What are you?  Some kind of pussy?”

I said my hellos to Conroy, an ugly man wearing a jarhead haircut, a permanent smile, and an Alabama sweatshirt—takes a special man to wear a sweatshirt in this heat.  He asked me if I found Joey yet.

“We’re still working on it,” I said.  “I understand that he disappeared after practice.  Anything unusual happen yesterday?  Anything that might relate to the boy’s disappearance?”

“Like what?”

“Like anything.” I felt a bit aggrieved.  Smart folks playing dumb made my scalp itch.  Good old boy drawl or not, Conroy was no dummy. 

“Ordinary practice.  Joey did break loose for a sixty-three yarder in scrimmage.”  Conroy tooted his whistle twice and, without further prompting, the kids broke into groups for specialized drills.  How could a man smile so much?

“Joey especially close with anyone here?” I asked.

“Ronnie, over there.”  Conroy pointed at the quarterback, a lanky kid with fire-red hair.

“The Gearhart kid?”

“Good quarterback, nice kid,” Conroy said.

I thought of his old man sitting in my lockup. “Maybe being a drunk asshole skips a generation.”

Conroy looked at me quizzically for a moment.  His masculine smell was overwhelming, like he was some great beast king.  He opened his arms as if to embrace his team.  “We’re going to State this year, mark my words.  We’ll win State. Barnestown, State Triple A Champs, 1952.” I didn’t doubt him.  He was a firecracker, but I found myself not caring.  Ronnie Gearhart sprinted out on an option and tossed a clothesline pass down the field to a waiting receiver who muffed the catch.  Linebackers and defensive tackles panted like Chihuahua’s chasing a greyhound.

“We’ll wrap up in half an hour.” Conway was already moving toward his team and seeming to forget me.  “Okay, ladies,” he yelled.  “Pick it up!”

·               Book Title: Harkness; A High Desert Mystery

·         Paperback: 198 pages

·         Publisher: Muskrat Press (October 17, 2012)

·         Language: English

·         ISBN-10: 0615721974

·         ISBN-13: 978-0615721972


Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Harkness-A-High-Desert-Mystery/dp/0615721974/

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Author Michael Bigham
Author Michael Bigham

About the author: Raised in the mill town of Prineville in Central Oregon beneath blue skies and rimrocks, Michael Bigham attended the University of Oregon and during his collegiate summers, fought range fires on the Oregon high desert for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked as a police officer with the Port of Portland and after leaving police work, obtained an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Michael lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. Harkness is his first novel.

Visit the author online at http://michaelbigham.com/


Harkness Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6th

Book spotlight at Between the Covers

Tuesday, May 7th

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, May 9th

Author interview at Beyond the Books

Friday, May 10th

Author interview at Blogcritics

Monday, May 13th

Guest post at Murder by 4

Tuesday, May 14th

Guest post at Marilyn’s Musings

Friday, May 17th

Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Wednesday, May 22nd

Author interview at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, May 23rd

Book review at The Book Connection

Friday, May 24th

Author interview at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, May 28th

Book spotlight at Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways

Thursday, May 30th

Book review at Thoughts in Progress

Monday, June 3rd

Book review at Community Bookstop

Tuesday, June 4th

Book review at WV Stitcher

Wednesday, June 5th

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, June 6th

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, June 10th

Author interview at Examiner

Wednesday, June 12th

Author interview at Pump Up Your Book

Thursday, June 13th

Book review at CelticLady Reviews

Monday, June 17th

Author interview at Broowaha

Tuesday, June 18th

Book spotlight at The Dark Phantom Review

Wednesday, June 19th

Author interview at The Dark Phantom Review

Thursday, June 20th

Book spotlight at Literal Exposure

Book review at The Library at the End of the Universe

Friday, June 21st

Author interview at I Read A Book Once

Monday, June 24th

Spotlight at Paperback Writer

Tuesday, June 25th

Author interview at Straight from the Author’s Mouth

Wednesday, June 26th

Guest post at Acme Authors Link

Thursday, June 27th

Book Tour Highlights at The Book Rack

Friday, June 28th

Guest post at Omnimystery News

TBD: Podcast interview at A Book and A Chat


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