He finds the body of an African American man nailed to a tree.
The victim is a highly respected minister, and his father is the nationally known televangelist Jimmy Thunder. Ron, on the other hand, has described himself in court as a recovering bigot.
Goldstrike’s mayor for life and movie icon, Clay Steadman, wants Ron to catch the killer fast. Adding to the pressure, the victim’s grandmother comes to town. She tells the media mob that has descended on Goldstrike that God will curse the town until the killer is caught.
That’s when a rogue mountain lion begins attacking people. At first, the attacks happen on the wilderness outskirts of Goldstrike. Then the predator moves into town, leaping a fence into a family’s backyard. Finally, it turns the tables on one of the hunters sent out to bring it down.
Looking for a killer, hunting a lion and defending his own integrity — makes being a cop in L.A. seem like the good old days.
What I liked: The biggest thing I enjoyed about Nailed were of course, the characters. Give me a character driven book with interesting, developing people and I'll read them, no questions asked. You don't get an info dump but while fleshing out the characters and plot, Mr. Flynn still keeps you engaged in the story. That is pretty hard to do especially with a first book in the series.
Nailed abounds with characters, big and small but each is given the attention needed to feel more than a cardboard cut-out. While Ron Ketchum is the star, Clay Steadman is the kind of small town mayor each one deserves. They are both dedicated to the Sierra Nevada town of Goldstrike. Neither is a wooly-mouthed politician, nor really care what anyone thinks of them. Pair a "recovering" bigot with a movie star mayor and the characters almost write themselves; not really.
I also found the history of Goldstrike intriguing. I love history and the general idea of how the town came to be grabbed my attention. Yeah, I know it's fiction but it was well crafted and written. Goldstrike would seem to be an ideal place to live but Mr. Flynn throws some every day, hard problems into the mix. Racism rears its ugly head and the way it's not only written but explored was a brave move. It added realism to a situation that was a bit over the top. A seamlessly racially motivated murder and a unique, smart mountain lion blend together in a mystery to be enjoyed by crime and suspense fans.
What I didn't like: There is really nothing I can say on this point. Nailed is the first in the series and was creative and well written. It's a solid murder mystery with an ending I didn't see coming.
I enjoyed Nailed so much, I've already got the next in the Ron Ketchum Mystery Series, Defiled on my Kindle. That's another thing I enjoyed. Mr. Flynn's characters guest star in each other's series.