A Fragment Too Far by Dudley Lynch, ECW Press

A Fragment Too Far: A Sheriff Luke McWhorter Mystery

Lynch, Dudley

  • True Detective meets X-Files in the first installment of the Luke McWhorter series

    Nine physicists are dead. The medical examiner has determined that the victims died from drinking coffee laced with rat poison. The owner of the house, Professor Thaddeus Huntgardner, isn’t suspected, but his claim that a piece of the debris from Roswell’s 1947 UFO crash was hidden in Flagler might be true. Enter Luther “Luke” Stephens McWhorter, a Yale Divinity School–educated West Texas sheriff with all the right questions.

    Is the fragment real? If so, who is trying to locate it? And what has fueled the byzantine activities of Abbot County’s two secret societies for the past 70 years? Working with FBI agent and girlfriend, Angie Steele, Sheriff Luke begins to put together all the pieces and come to understand the connection between seemingly unrelated phenomena.


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  • Dudley Lynch was born in Tennessee but raised in an oft-moving preacher’s family, mostly on the southern Great Plains. He has written 16 non-fiction books, including a biography of Lyndon Johnson and a study of Texas tornadoes. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

  • Published: October 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414990

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 352

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“An unusual lead, page-turning suspense, and a crackerjack plot help make this a winner . . . The X-Files fans will be eager for the next instalment.” — Publishers Weekly

“An engaging narrative voice, likeable hero, and unpredictable plot make for an outstanding mystery debut!” — Jay Brandon, Edgar Award-nominated author of Fade the Heat and Shadow Knight's Mate

“[A] superb writer [who] deftly guides you through apocalyptic terrorism, academic over-reach, religion as entertainment, the chances of fate, the sustenance of friendship, and the hunger for love, all out in the sunbaked badlands of West Texas.” — Victor L. Hunter, co-author of The New York Times–reviewed novel Living Dogs and Dead Lions

“Lynch takes Sheriff Luke McWhorter and the reader on a wild ride through the West Texas prairie to deliver a bang of a story.” — Stephanie Jaye Evans, author of the Sugar Land Mystery Series

 “Make room for author Dudley Lynch and protagonist Sheriff McWhorter in the Mystery Fiction Big Time. A Fragment Too Far delivers.” — Carlton Stowers, two-time winner of the Edgar Award

“Lynch’s series debut offers a sharp, engaging hero and a mystery that amiably simmers.” — Kirkus Reviews

Joe Holley, writer of The Houston Chronicle’s weekly “Native Texan” column, calls Lynch a “clever and quirky” author who has pulled off an “unlikely” plot “with panache.”

“[Dudley Lynch] has done the almost impossible. He has turned Raiders of the Lost Ark into a Sunday School lesson. . . . There is a film there!” — Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A Fragment Too Far is a gripping thriller as full of twists and turns as a mountain road. Lynch’s beloved sheriff works through a situation combining a very real West Texas setting and its history, science, and what we all sincerely hope is science fiction. A first class read.” — Rose Williams, Latin and English instructor, McMurry University, and author of Caesar’s Blood

“Dudley Lynch’s A Fragment Too Far is a pretty entertaining police procedural and political intrigue.” — Winnipeg Free Press