A FRAGMENT TOO FAR : ‘TRUE DETECTIVE’ MEETS ‘THE X-FILES’ IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF DUDLEY’s SHERIFF LUKE MCWHORTER MYSTERY SERIES

Nine physicists are dead. The medical examiner has determined that the victims died from drinking coffee laced with rat poison. The owner of the house, Professor Thaddeus Huntgardner, isn’t suspected, but his claim that a piece of the debris from Roswell’s 1947 UFO crash was hidden in Flagler might be true.

Is the fragment real? If so, who is trying to locate it? And what has fueled the byzantine activities of Abbot County’s two secret societies for the past 70 years?

Enter Luther “Luke” Stephens McWhorter, a Yale Divinity School–educated West Texas sheriff with all the right questions. Working with FBI agent and girlfriend, Angie Steele, Sheriff Luke begins to put together all the pieces and come to understand the connection between seemingly unrelated phenomena.

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Early reviews:

“An engaging narrative voice, likeable hero, and unpredictable plot make for an outstanding mystery debut!” — Jay Brandon, Edgar Award-nominated author of Fade the Heat and Shadow Knight’s Mate

“[A] superb writer [who] deftly guides you through apocalyptic terrorism, academic over-reach, religion as entertainment, the chances of fate, the sustenance of friendship and the hunger for love, all out in the sunbaked badlands of West Texas.” — Victor L. Hunter, co-author of The New York Times-reviewed novel, Living Dogs and Dead Lions

“Lynch takes Sheriff Luke McWhorter and the reader on a wild ride through the West Texas prairie to deliver a bang of a story.” — Stephanie Jaye Evans, author of the Sugar Land Mystery Series

Joe Holley, writer of The Houston Chronicle’s weekly “Native Texan” column, calls Lynch a “clever and quirky” author who has pulled off a “unlikely” plot “with panache.”

“[Dudley Lynch] has done the almost impossible. He has turned the Raiders of the Lost Ark into a Sunday School lesson. . . . There is a film there!” — Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Blurb we’re using about the author:

Dudley Lynch was born on America’s Southern Great Plains to a fundamentalist minister and his wife. He has lived much of his life in Texas, some of it in small cities like Abbot County’s Flagler, the spell-binding, ever-surprising setting for his two debut mystery novels. With two university degrees in mass communications, Lynch has written sixteen non-fiction books and articles for more than 250 publications worldwide. His first published books were about Texas storms (tornadoes) and Texas political figures, including The President from Texas (Lyndon Baines Johnson) and The Duke of Duval (the infamous political boss George B. Parr).

In A Fragment Too Far, the first of Lynch’s fictional mystery series, he introduces Sheriff Luther Stephens McWhorter, a Yale-Divinity-School-educated West Texas law officer. Sheriff Luke ushers crime fighting into the Post-Extraterrestrial Age with his discovery that a fragment of a UFO with potentially dangerous secrets inscribed on it may now reside in Abbot County. The UFO plunged into a New Mexico pasture shortly after World War II ended. Is there more to be known? More to be feared? More to prepare for? The answers should be available soon. The 75th anniversary of the Roswell UFO crash will occur in late July, 2022. The owners of the fragment said this was when they planned to return to Earth to retrieve it.

Lynch’s second Sheriff Luke adventure, One Good and Deadly Deed, finds Abbot County’s tranquility disrupted by the arrival of a 4,000-year-old mummy retrieved by local explorers on Turkey’s Mt. Ararat. Thanks to breakthroughs at his local research laboratory, a talented Flagler biologist has managed to impregnate a Palestinian-born woman with DNA that may have come from the prophet Noah. Thinking that a half Israeli-half Palestinian baby would end Middle Eastern conflicts thousands of years old, the biologist and two more of Flagler’s ever-intrepid adventurers discover they have badly misjudged the consequences.The two pilots who brought the mummy to Flagler die when someone shoves them into their aircraft’s propellers. Bullets start flying at the local hospital, more people die, and the new mother and her babies—the mummy’s DNA produced twins—have to rushed into the U.S. Marshals Service’s Witness Protection Program.

These works are the first two of a projected five-book series about the erudite sheriff, his feisty, fetching girlfriend, FBI special agent Angie Steele, and the byzantine secrets of their hyper-active West Texas city.

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