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by Jimmy Olsen

Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Jimmy Olsen
ISBN: 0878391576
ISBN13: 978-0878391578
Language: English
Publisher: Hoffman House Pr; First Edition edition (December 2000)
Pages: 312
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Book of The Month August 2001. Mystery Book Store, LA. Regional Bestseller Upper Midwest 2001.

Vicky Johnson’s killer rolled onto his right side, drew his knees up under the warm covers and cautiously peeked through the darkness at the crisp digits of the clock-radio counting his last moments on earth, death waiting patiently for him to shower and dress. The secret he thought, is not to open your eyes and let the world in. So begins the story of Dutch Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. Book of The Month August 2001. American Booksellers Association.

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that is once I got past the first 20-30%. Sometimes when someone gets too close to you they need to be disposed of. The story opens in a unique way with the murderer describing why he decided to kill his former lover and the method he used. While eating breakfast with his wife this sick, twisted and sad sack character discusses his plans for what he hopes will end his life.

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A murder mystery novel. The story of Phillip Dutch Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. The heck with the roses. Stop and see what 's in the ditch! By Thriftbooks. com User, February 11, 2008. Jimmy Olson's "Things in Ditches" brings to life a small town cast of everyday folks as they deal with a situation that goes from bad to worse (and that includes the weather). It is fast and funny and as bitingly real as the Minnesota winter. The story of Phillip "Dutch" Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are not longer unthinkable. When a lovely corpse is discovered near Dutch's home town, the nearby ditches begin to yield a harvest of secrets, none of them comforting for Dutch. Soon he is forced to flee for his life, before his past and the police slip a noose around his neck.

Author of two mysteries: "Things In Ditches" and "Poison Makers" winner of the Book of the Year Silver Award for 2011. Jimmy's new islands collection of short stories - The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories - was published August, 2012. Some of these stories are set in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic during the 1970s. No favourite quotes to show.

Jimmy Olsen is a native of Hoffman, Minnesota, and has degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Alabama. For nearly forty years, he has been an active scuba diver and instructor, living five years in the Dominican Republic.

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A murder mystery novel. The story of Phillip "Dutch" Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are not longer unthinkable.

When a lovely corpse is discovered near Dutch's home town, the nearby ditches begin to yield a harvest of secrets, none of them comforting for Dutch. Soon he is forced to flee for his life, before his past and the police slip a noose around his neck.

Things In Ditches is peopled with small town characters that are so humorous and eccentric, their oddball antics enliven every paragraph and page. A reader can't help but be reeled in by the strange citizens of Willow River, until soon discovering they're really not so different from all of us and Dutch's story is the oldest story on earth; good and evil, betrayal and laughter. And finally, the power of love and friendship, forging one man's determination to overcome all odds, even death.

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Sagda
Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen is a wonderful read full of fascinating characters and plenty of mystery. The small town of Willow River is close knit until the death of a stranger brings chaos. Olsen has a wide range of characters and every one of them was fascinating and well written. I was particularly impressed with how well I was able to know the characters, yet not know them at all. Despite being in the minds of many of the characters, there was still plenty of mystery and surprise. My only complaint would be that a few times throughout the book the point of view switched from one character to the next without warning, which was a little confusing; however, this wasn’t problematic enough for me to lose interest in the story. We’re told from the beginning who the killer is, but that doesn’t end the mystery. Things In Ditches is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend reading it.
JoJoshura
THINGS IN DITCHES starts with the murder of Vicky Johnson, her body discovered by Walleye Wertz, a mentally-challenged man out collecting cans and other valuables jettisoned by passing cars. Jimmy Olsen turns the traditional mystery on its head in that we know who killed Vicky at the beginning. The setting of the novel is Willow River, Minnesota, and the supposed killer is the local butcher, Dutch Cleland. He's such a nice guy that we can't believe he choked Vicky to death. But Cleland admits that he did it. At first he thinks about killing himself, but rejects the idea. He doesn't want to traumatize his wife, Jean, any more than she's already been by his long past affair with Vicky. He decides to head north to his cabin instead. Oh yeah, there's a snow storm coming.
The novel includes about the best description of a snowstorm I've read. Cars are submerged by snowplows; there's a whiteout; the temperature plummets below zero after the snow; there's a brutal windchill. And some of the characters actually like it that way.
Olsen also does a bang-up job with characterization. My favorite is the town Chief of Police, Charlie Benson, who gets less respect than Rodney Dangerfield. Charlie and his dispatcher, Marlene, have a kind of school marm, remedial student relationship. Charlie usually does what she tells him to do.
There are a few things that bother me about the book. The constant interruptions in the storyline are annoying. Olsen decides he better introduce us to Vicky. He takes us on a scuba diving vacation in Honduras. This flashback goes on and on and on. Meanwhile we're wondering what's happening with Dutch and Vicky's two ex-husbands, one of them a homicidal maniac, who are after him. Several chapters later Olson flashes back again, this time to show us why Dutch and Vicky broke up. Instead we're wondering what he saw in her in the first place. Later on he interrupts the story yet again, from the perspective of a timberwolf, right in the middle of a shootout. The wolf scene makes sense later, but I think it's really there to show off Olson's descriptive flair.
That said, the merits far outweigh the drawbacks. I think the selling point in any novel is whether or not you'd recommend it to a friend. I'd have to say I certainly would. And I love that title!
Prinna
THINGS IN DITCHES by Jimmy Olsen is a murder mystery that had me savoring every quirky and eccentric small town character, feeling the cold of a Minnesota blizzard and sympathizing with the murder suspect. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Olsen’s writing style and the surprising twist at the end.

Philip “Dutch” Cleland is Willow River’s butcher and self-confessed murderer of the beautiful and naked corpse found in a ditch. Turn himself in, commit suicide or flee? I loved reading his decision making process and subsequent actions that follow.

Meanwhile, the very colorful cast of characters that are draw into the mystery had me turning the pages with a laugh or for worry about violence against them. You never knew what these characters had in store for them and it made reading this story so compelling. All of the characters are three dimensional and you could visualize them being truly alive and interacting in this small town.

This book has a plot that is full of twists and had me guessing throughout. The true ending in the epilogue was brilliant.

I highly recommend this book for anyone, not just mystery readers. I cannot thank Mr. Olsen enough for gifting me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. It was truly a book that I enjoyed on so many levels.
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