Host Ed Goldberg interviews Northwest writer Patrick McManus about his new book, "The Huckleberry Murders," a tale of murder and greed in rural Idaho.
"The Huckleberry Murders" is the fourth Bo Tully mystery. The 43-year-old Blight County, Idaho, sheriff is headed for his favorite remote spot to pick huckleberries when five frantic women inform him that they've spotted bodies nearby.
Patrick McManus wrote for "Field and Stream" and "Outdoor Life" for over forty years.
He has written many hundreds of humor pieces, including most recently the “The Last Laugh” column for Outdoor Life Magazine. His humor pieces have been collected in 13 books. He has also written a children’s book, Kid Camping from Aaaiii! To Zip! and a book on the writing of humor, The Deer on A Bicycle. Recently, he has started writing mystery novels: The Blight Way (2006), Avalanche (2007), and The Double-Jack Murders (due out in October 2009), all three published by Simon & Schuster. With his sister, Patricia Gass, he wrote a memoir/cookbook, titled Whatchagot Stew. He has written four one-man stage plays, widely performed by actor Tim Behrens in both the United States and Canada.
McManus has received numerous awards, including Centennial Scholar from Washington State University and the Trustees Medal from Eastern Washington University.