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Wayne Hughes


In retirement after a fifty-year career as a radio, TV and print journalist, and petroleum industry lobbyist, I turn to my first love:fiction writing. The books in the Jerrod Series reflect my memories of small-town life, where--if you're lucky--everyone knows and cares about you. And of course, if you're unlucky,

everyone knows and cares about you.


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Kilborn is a story of one man's spiral to madness and how it flows into the lives of the small cotton-farming community of Jerrod, TX. The climax comes with a dramatic car wreck and the antagonist's fatal encounter with a ravening feral pig. 


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Espinoza continues the story of the impact of Drake Kilborn's death on the people of Jerrod. It follows Texas Ranger Freddy Espinoza, who's looking into mysterious behavior of the Holden County Sheriff. And

there's this poltergeist . . . 


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page from this book on the Jerrod Series page.

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McTague, the third in the "Jerrod Series," is the story of a family harvesting wheat for farmers in three states. Scotty McTague must decide what's right for the business and best for his family. A dramatic encounter with a snake tips the balance.


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I created the Jerrod Citizen, the weekly newspaper as a backstory exercise while writing Kilborn. As I developed the second and third books in the Jerrod series, it became an important counterpoint to the books, a way to chronicle the day-to-day lives of some people the reader will never know.

They're "published" occasionally and 

provide an insight to Jerrod's

everyday life.

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Citizen page at the right to read

the first five issues. More on

the way soon. 





"In Hughes’ quiet debut thriller, one of the townspeople in a small Texas community is becoming increasingly unhinged and, therefore, potentially dangerous. . . . An absorbing slow-burn approach and simpatico characters make this a standout novel."

Kirkus Reviews, 2019

"The author eschews the typical propulsive pace of a crime novel in favor of a more measured, almost literary speed. This works to the benefit of the characters, who emerge from the page fully formed and breathing."

Kirkus Reviews, 2019

"The plot unfolds naturally, with plausible yet unexpected complications. The novel uses dialogue well, relaying necessary information and keeping the suspense high. Readers looking for a well-told story with flawed, intriguing characters should enjoy McTague."

blueink, 2020

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