Kansas Ain’t What it Used to Be

Book Title: All Debts, Public and Privateimage

Author:  Chad Sanborn

Length: 361 Pages

I have been reading Mysteries and Thrillers for over 30 years, and in all that time, I cannot recall a story that took place in the greater (yeah it’s funny to type that) Kansas City, Kansas area.  So it was quite a pleasant surprise when,  in the opening chapter of All Debt, Public and Private by Chad Sanborn, one of the characters mentioned Overland Park.  For most people, Kansas City (home of the Chiefs, and World Champion Royals) is actually Kansas City, Missouri.  No, this book takes place in the Kansas City of by mother’s childhood.  The Kansas City for Quindaro, Bonner Springs, Overland Park and the Kansas City suburbs on the Kansas side of the Missouri River.

Billy Keene is the young, local high-school baseball hero who was due to his celebrity, the powers-that-be, and a scandalous, unexpected vacancy “elected” as the sheriff of a small Kansas town.  Everyone knows Billy but they expect him to just be the Sheriff in name only and to cow tow to the local municipal power structure of businessmen and families of mean.  When a local woman is kidnapped, her grandmother is willing to do anything to secure her release; anything that is except seek the assistance of Sheriff Billy and his deputies.

Lust, jealousy, greed, and vanity are the name of the game and as in life, the wages of sin can be death. Every choice made, every path not taken, every person trusted or distrusted will determine the fate of everyone involved. 

The cast of characters, which includes the town of Caulfield and its surroundings, jump of the page and ring true with authenticity.  The dialogue, descriptions, and inner thoughts that Mr. Sanborn uses to craft his tale have the practiced ease of someone that has grown with the people and places in this fictional world.  If you walked into the local cafe in a real world Caulfield, you wouldn’t be surprised to run into a Sheriff Billy or his best buddy Trace.

Once you pick up this book, you will not put it down. From the opening scene to the exciting finish, you will not be dissapointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to visit the world it creates in future stories. 

Disclosure: I received a free digital  copy of this book from the author thanks to a post on Goodreads. The only request was that I post an honest review. As such the above review is based on my objective opinion. 

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