Inspired by his own grandfather, a Lamar County constable, Reavis Z. Wortham wrote his historical mystery thriller, The Rock Hole, with Ned Parker, an old but spry Texas lawman, as its hero. In a recent interview for BookTrib, Wortham shared some of his memories of working with his grandfather and explained to fellow author Jon Land that “older people are reservoirs of knowledge and information we just don’t tap enough.”

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In addition to The Rock Hole‘s older protagonist, Wortham and Land discussed the thriller’s sense of place, which Land says becomes another character in the book. Wortham said it’s his familiarity with the land that allows him to bring Eastern Texas to life.

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