LEADFOOT By Eric Beetner

LEADFOOT Eric Beetner 280 STEPS November 1, 2016 In May of 2015, Eric Beetner brought the McGraw clan roaring onto the page behind the wheel of a high-toned muscle car, hell-bent for leather in his novel RUMRUNNERS. The McGraws have always been transporters for the Stanley family, Iowa’s local organized crime family. If the Stanleys needed something brought from here to there, be it sitting in the passenger seat or tied up in the trunk, a McGraw would be the one to drive it there. It doesn’t matter what happens when they arrive: McGraws don’t participate in any of the illicit activities. That’s why Calvin McGraw has always been an outlaw,...

RUMRUNNERS BY ERIC BEETNER

280 steps. Eric Beetner writes a lot of books. Most of them tend to lean to the darker, pulpier side of the bookshelf. Short, violent crime capers that continue to pump threads of originality into the crime genre. Usually there is a sly wink to be found in Beetner’s work, a dark moment of extreme violence that leaves you no choice but to make you chuckle even as your palms start to sweat. Clocking in at a breezy 246 pages, RUMRUNNERS may just be the most satisfying work in Beenter’s collection yet. Short, yes. But there isn’t one thing RUMRUNNERS is lacking. Tucker McGraw is the latest in a long line of wheelmen. His family has always...