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Big wheat : a tale of bindlestiffs and blood
Richard A. Thompson
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The advent of the threshing machine, which changed farming by making it easier and more profitable to harvest wheat, provides the backdrop for Thompson's accomplished stand-alone, set in 1919 on the Great Plains. As bands of workers and machines roam from farm to farm, bringing in the crops and ushering in the era of Big Wheat, Charlie Krueger finds his real home and an affinity for fixing machinery when he joins such a group. Having left his family farm and abusive father, Charlie is unaware that back home he's accused of killing the girlfriend who jilted him and that he's stalked by her murderer, a serial killer who's been following crop workers for years. Thompson (Frag Box) mixes elements of the western with a well-devised mystery plot for an evocative look at the hardships of farming, the intersection of progress with old-fashioned ways, and the loneliness of the Great Plains. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Talented at fixing farm machinery; left his family farm and abusive father; unaware that he is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend; being stalked by the real killer.

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