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CHAPTER ONE





CHARLIE SWEETWATER





O.B. HADNOTT




MIGUEL NEGRON





LEON GUIDRY





FULTON TEXAS



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WINNER WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS AWARD BEST MYSTERY MANUSCRIPT
“An engaging crime caper. This book hits the mark.”
    —Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012
“The story is involving, exciting. It would make a good film...seamlessly plotted and beautifully told.”
    — Lubbock Avalanch Journal, 2013
“Texas coastal fishermen who read fiction, especially the Carl Hiaasen genre, may well be entertained by a new book published by Texas A&M consortium. The action is strictly coastal from Matagorda Island down to the Land Cut, below Baffin Bay. It's centered around Rockport/Fulton's shrimpboat fleet, but the chase scenes, shootouts, bar fights, general ass-whuppings, a major hurricane, fishing, shrimping, cussing and drinking happen in locations very familiar to Texas saltwater anglers.”
    —Captain Joe Richard, Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine, January 2013
“The big difference between this and other thrillers is the telling. Rather than a slick commercial page-turner, this book is an original, one-of-a-kind, locally grown, artisanal, take-your-time work of imagination.”
    —Girlfriends Book Club, December 15, 2012
“Three Texas writers have pooled their talents and produced a very readable and entertaining
first novel.”
    —San Angelo Standard Times, October 25, 2012
“In the Rockport-set novel, readers get a taste of mystery, humor, and Texas salt water as they follow a variety of characters on both sides of the law.”
    —Corpus Christi Caller Times, October 17, 2012
“KUT NPR's Emily Donahue recently interviewed Brent Douglass and John T. Davis about how their storytelling alter ego Miles Arceneaux came to be.”
    —KUT Interview, October 1, 2012
KAZI Book Review contributor Tim Chamberlain recently interviewed John T. Davis and Brent Douglass, two of the three Texas based writers that make up their alter ego Miles Arceneaux.
    —KAZI Interview, September 30, 2012
“I have read Thin Slice of Life, with growing pleasure. If the Texas Institute of Letters had a Melodrama Award these guys would win. We have the average guy, Charlie, who rises to revenge and just keeps rising; the young orphan; the sidekick; the Texas Ranger; and the sinister Asian villain .
    What animates this story is what we used to call verisimilitude: These people know all about boats and engines and tides and gears and such, just as Louis L'Amour knows every weapon his character carries. It is an interesting story and full of life along the Coast.”
    —Marshall Terry,
       Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English (SMU); 2012 Literati Award Recipient
The book's title is a line from Guy Clark's song “South Coast of Texas:” “The south coast of Texas, that's a hard slice of life. It's salty and hard. It's as stern as a knife.”
    —My San Antonio, September 21, 2012
“The best stories are ones you do not want to stop reading. When the time comes to go to sleep, or meet a friend, or leave for work, the reader counters with, “Just one more chapter.”
    “Thin Slice of Life,” a novel by Miles Arceneaux, is that sort of story, a salt water-flavored mystery set on the Texas coast.”
    —Lubbock Avalanche Journal, September 16, 2012
“[One of the] new books with local ties to warm you up as autumn approaches.”
    —Austin Monthly, September 2012
“Smart, funny and tough...brims with insight...The best suspense novel I’ve read since Cormac What’s-His-Name.”
    —Kinky Friedman, Governor of the Heart of Texas
One of the hallmarks of an excellent mystery novel--which A Thin Slice of Life most definitely is-- is a memorable sense of place. If Dashiell Hammett had grown up on the Texas Gulf Coast, in a fishing shack on some nameless spoil island along the Laguna Madre--well, I’m not sure what would have happened.
    But back to Miles Arceneaux: he has written his own classic, a surf and turf romp steeped in a salt-air atmosphere that just can't be faked.
    —Stephen Harrigan
“A great romp with a bunch of true-to-life coastal characters. The plot is almost as outrageous as reality down there. You can smell the Gulf of Mexico when you open the book.”
    —Marcia Ball
“A sizzler hotter than a Texas July!”
    —Concha De La Torres, Miles Arceneaux’s one true love
Events



Miles will rarely be found at public events, but you can bet one or more of his accomplices will be at these locations:

OFFICIAL BOOK RELEASE at
BOOK PEOPLE

Conversation and book signing
October 1, 2012
7:00 – 8:00pm
Austin, Texas
Location and Directions

BARNES & NOBLE
October 6, 2012
1:30 – 3:30pm
Corpus Christi, Texas
Location and Directions

MARITIME MUSEUM
October 18, 2012
5:00 – 7:00pm
Rockport, Texas
Location and Directions

MURDER BY THE BOOK
October 25, 2012
6:30 – 7:30pm
Houston, Texas
Location and Directions

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: AUSTIN
TAMU Press Tent
October 27 – 28, 2012
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Austin, Texas
Texas Book Festival website

VIVA! BOOKSTORE
November 3, 2012
4:00 – 6:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
Location and Directions

BARNES & NOBLE
November 8, 2012
6:30 – 7:30pm
Lubbock, Texas
Location and Directions

BARNES & NOBLE
November 9, 2012
7:00 – 8:00pm
Midland, Texas
Location and Directions


BARNES & NOBLE
November 10, 2012
1:00pm
Amarillo, Texas
Location and Directions


BARNES & NOBLE
November 15, 2012
6:00pm
Waco, Texas
Location and Directions


BARNES & NOBLE
November 16, 2012
4:00pm
Tyler, Texas
Location and Directions


THE TWIG BOOKSTORE
Conversation and book signing
December 7, 2012
5:00 – 7:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
The Twig Bookstore Event Page
Location and Directions
 
BARNES & NOBLE
Book signing
April 6, 2013
2:00 – 4:00pm
Dallas, Texas
Location and Directions
 
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: SAN ANTONIO
Guest panelists for the "Where Done It?" session
April 13, 2013
10:00am – 5:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions
 
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: DALLAS
Guest panelists for the "Where Done It?" session
May 11, 2013
10:00 – 11:00am
Dallas, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions
 



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About the Author

The author of three funny, fast-paced novels of intrigue set on the Texas Gulf Coast, Miles Arceneaux is a one-of-a-kind writer. Or, to be precise, he is three-of-a-kind. The irreverent persona of “Miles” is the product of three friends, lifelong Texans, and Gulf Coast aficionados.

Brent Douglass’ inspiration for Miles’ tales stems from his family’s deep Texas coastal roots, and the iconoclastic characters he crossed paths with growing up there. James R. Dennis’ intimate knowledge of both sides of the law (he’s one of the good guys, it should be mentioned) and his deep appreciation for Texas Rangers lore helps keep Miles’ protagonists on the side of the angels. As a longtime journalist covering Texas and Texans, John T. Davis has sometimes been accused of writing fiction, but this is the first time he has set out to do it on purpose. Together, Douglass, Dennis and Davis make “Miles Arceneaux” truly more than the sum of his parts.


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