Lots of murder and mayhem in Joe Ricker’s new novel

Joe Ricker has had a lot of jobs. He’s been a bartender, cab driver, innkeeper, professor, and worked in the Maine timber industry. Today he lives in Reno, Nevada. I suppose all those jobs gave him ideas for his great novels.

Joe’s new book, Some Awful Cunning, is billed as A Crime Thriller, and it certainly is. The main character is a young man, Ryan Carpenter, who helps people move away from dangerous and troubling situations to new locations. In the first chapter, he helps a woman and her child change their identity and move to another state to escape an abusive husband.

Ryan’s own life is in turmoil, including someone who is trying to kill him. And yes, there’s lots of murder and mayhem in this novel. Eventually, an attempt by Ryan to help a mentor takes him back to his hometown in Maine, where everyone remembers the tragedy that killed his entire family.

Well, I don’t want to give away anymore of this intriguing plot, but I can guarantee that it will keep you reading.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.