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Publisher's Summary

Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen.  

Annie McIntyre has a love/hate relationship with Garnett, Texas. Recently graduated from college and home waitressing, lacking not in ambition but certainly in direction, Annie is lured into the family business—a private investigation firm—by her supposed-to-be-retired grandfather, Leroy, despite the rest of the clan's misgivings. When a waitress at the café goes missing, Annie and Leroy begin an investigation that leads them down rural routes and haunted byways, to noxious-smelling oil fields and to the glowing neon of local honky-tonks. 

As Annie works to uncover the truth she finds herself identifying with the victim in increasing, unsettling ways, and realizes she must confront her own past—failed romances, a disturbing experience she'd rather forget, and the trick mirror of nostalgia itself—if she wants to survive this homecoming.

©2022 Samantha Jayne Allen (P)2022 Recorded Books

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dull read

This book was a struggle to get through. It was categorized as a thriller, far from it.The narration was fair, however the voice changes for the characters was horrible.

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Great Narration

I loved this story and felt surrounded by small town Texas with its heat and mesquite. The narrator was perfect in her accent and tone.

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Start to a series?

Great start for a series and I hope this is book 1, I would love to see how Annie develops as a character. Having lived n a small town for a time, they can have a lot of drama. I was completely surprised by the ending. The narrator was perfect. Look forward to more mysteries being salved by Annie.

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Like you're right there in Texas with her...

The sights. The sounds. The smells. If you aren't finding all of of your senses ignited by Allen's writing, you might need to try reading this again. She does an incredible job immersing the reader in time and place and making them care about the story. Loved it!