Reviews of The Ticket
I know it is a reviewer’s cliché, but The Ticket is a page turner. Once I began reading, I couldn’t put it down until I learned the fate of 2, 6, 9, 17, 55, 12. Economists are not great forecasters, but I predict that readers of Shackelford's first novel will demand that he supply more titles in the future.
Kenneth G. Elzinga: aka Marshall Jevons, author of the Henry Spearman mystery novels and Mystery Writers of America Edgar judge for the Best Mystery Novel of the Year
The hunt for the lost lottery ticket is exciting, dangerous, and fun. Fred Shackelford juggles a cast of characters who are resourceful, driven, complex, potentially lethal, and always entertaining. The villain, Channing Booker – the name is a great pun -- is both amusing and frightening in his evil ways. The author works insights about the law into the quick moving plot, and he keeps readers tense about impending dangers. For fans of thrillers and of legal novels, Fred Shackelford artfully marries both genres in this superb début.
John Jebb,author of True Crime: Virginia
With a Hitchcockian sense of humor, the author presents a race to the finish with a full cast of characters: the cheating-conniving husband, the innocent undeserving wife, the ex-cop who is self-serving but evolves, a bumbling henchman, and various victims spiraling around a plot to score a winning lottery ticket. The husband buys the winning ticket but must rid himself of his wife in order to claim the entire prize. He hides the ticket in his wife’s book collection, but does not realize that he will come home to find her, and all her possessions gone when she is finally fed up with his philandering. Where did she go? Not like a classic puzzle for readers to guess the missing pieces and guess the red herrings, the author instead creates more of a puzzle game, where the reader must keep pace with every character’s thoughts and next moves.
The Eric Hoffer Award
The Ticket takes you into the mind of a true sleazebag. Channing Booker wins a jackpot lottery ticket one day and loses it the next. This blunder sets off a captivating chase, keeping the reader guessing at every turn. Fred Shackelford, the author and a keen legal mind himself, weaves obstacles throughout, confronting his protagonist with colorful characters that thwart Channing's progress and confound his oily maneuvers. Channing is a jerk, no doubt; so why do we keep hoping he'll win? Maybe, we want a sequel! Beware! The cunning suspense herein will disrupt your sleep. A breathless read!
Janet Martin, author of The Christmas Swap
Judges Say the Darndest Things is a collection of humorous excerpts from legal opinions. Some examples:
If you throw a skunk into the jury box, you can't instruct the jury not to smell it. Dunn v. United States, 307 F.2d 883, 886 (5th Cir. 1962)
To be clearly erroneous, a decision must strike us as … wrong with the force of a five-week-old, unrefrigerated dead fish. Parts And Electric Motors, Inc. v. Sterling Electric, Inc., 866 F.2d 228, 233 (7th Cir. 1988)
How and where do we draw a line between public figures and private individuals? They are nebulous concepts. Defining public figures is much like trying to nail a jellyfish to the wall. Rosanova v. Playboy Enterprises, Inc., 411 F. Supp. 440, 443 (S.D. Ga. 1976)
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Fred Shackelford is the author of The Ticket and Judges Say the Darndest Things