Cracker Town succeeds in drawing the reader into a cold case that evolves into a satisfying example of justice finally being served.


The Description

Red Farlow Mysteries: Book 5
Publication Date: September 14. 2021

In 1955, Cleet Wrightman is found guilty of murdering a woman and sent to the Georgia State Mental Hospital to serve out his time until 1973. In spring of that year, young agent Red Farlow investigates the slayings of three members of the Goings family in Valdosta, but he was never able to apprehend the murderer.



The Review

Private investigator Red Farlow finds himself digging into a 50-year-old cold triple murder case that he was never able to solve as an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In Cracker Town, the fifth of the Red Farlow Mysteries, author W.F. Ranew takes a complex set of circumstances and breaks it down for armchair investigators like me who puzzle through the evidence with Red and try to put the pieces together.

From the beginning, the author carefully lays out the framework that ultimately provides a link between a 1955 murder case and the 1973 slayings. Red’s character plays a significant role in the story’s effectiveness. He is plain-spoken but incredibly meticulous in gathering information and uncovering secrets related to the case.

In order for the reader to gain a clear understanding of the two cases, the author separates the story into parts. This allows the reader to take the knowledge already uncovered by Red and see the past events unfold, including Red as a young agent. What follows is an incredibly well-detailed path leading to an explosive “whodunit” conclusion.

Cracker Town succeeds in drawing the reader into a cold case that evolves into a satisfying example of justice finally being served.

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About The Author

W.F. Ranew writes the Red Farlow Mysteries series from Tirgearr Publishing. The most recent book is No. 5, Cracker Town.

Ranew formerly worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for several regional dailies: The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ranew has written two previous novels — Schoolhouse Man and Candyman’s Sorrow.

He lives with his wife in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Ga.

Find all Farlow novels at and Gone, Blue Magnolia, East Beach, and Blood Mug.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
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5-STAR REVIEW: CRACKER TOWN by W.F. RanewCracker Town succeeds in drawing the reader into a cold case that evolves into a satisfying example of justice finally being served.