Cursed to Death
By Bill Crider
In tiny Blacklin County, Texas, a curse is nothing more than a four-letter word hollered in a barroom or muttered in the heat. So Sheriff Dan Rhodes is more curious than concerned when he dutifully responds to a complaint of witchcraft.
When Dr. Samuel Martin, the local dentist — and unpopular landlord — claims he’s been hexed by a tenant, Rhodes does his best to smooth things out between the distressed D.D.S. and the would-be witch. But in two shakes of a black cat’s tail, the good doctor disappears… and his wife turns up bludgeoned to death.
For Rhodes, it means there’s a bad moon rising over Blacklin County. And now he’s got to do the voodoo he does best — asking pointed questions and extracting the painful truth from some tight-lipped suspects who also bite…