When a physical therapist believes one of her elderly patients is being abused, she reports it. The patient’s daughter arrives from out of state to check on her mother, and winds up dead.

Then a local bar and restaurant owner is robbed at gunpoint, a teenage girl goes missing, and a rancher reports a stolen horse.

Now Sheriff Jim Hobson is starting to wonder which side of the law his townspeople are on.

Character interview with Sheriff Jim

Sheriff Jim Hobson, welcome to Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

I have been the Sheriff of Cimarron County, Colorado for eighteen years after serving in the military. I am married to my high school sweetheart who teaches school. I know a few of the residents of this county better than their spouses. I should be the one writing these books.

Which character in Trail of Defects do you get along with the best?

When you work in law enforcement in a small town, you get very close to your deputies. I hand picked Randy Clark. He was home on leave from the Marines and I talked him into not signing up again and come to work for me. He has worked out fine. He is smart, tough and will do almost anything I tell him.

Is there anyone you don’t get along with so well?

Joyce Hunter, Tiffany’s mother who mistreats the older and bed-ridden Edna Bristol. I really wanted to put her in jail for a long, long time.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

I think the old woman runs me through too many hoops. She doesn’t think I am near as smart as I actually am. I always feel that I am the last to know anything.

If you answer just one more question, I promise I won’t tell Sara you called her an old woman. What’s next for you, Sheriff Hobson?

I think I have a double killing coming up in the next book but Sara keeps putting off writing the story. She always wants to do selfish things, like take a vacation. Do you see me taking a vacation?

About Sara Caudell

I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now lives in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.

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