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After FBI agent James Strait, hailed as a national hero for stopping a major terrorist attack, is devastated by a rare disease, he is forced into a life of disability. Until a child asks him to use his skills to find her missing friend. Nine-year-old Jophia Williams vanishes on a lonely country road, leaving behind only a blood-soaked dress and a headless teddy bear. Strai After FBI agent James Strait, hailed as a national hero for stopping a major terrorist attack, is devastated by a rare disease, he is forced into a life of disability. Until a child asks him to use his skills to find her missing friend. Nine-year-old Jophia Williams vanishes on a lonely country road, leaving behind only a blood-soaked dress and a headless teddy bear. Strait discovers the "murder" scene was faked and that other African-American children have also gone missing. As he chases down clues revealing an underworld of racist fanatics in his hometown, he needs to fight people who will go to any length to stop him, including an incompetent police chief, his conniving superiors at the FBI, and a mysterious stranger on a motorcycle trying to kill him.To find Jophia, Strait must also contend with the horrors of his disease and demons from his past. Can he win the race against time to rescue the girl? Can he save himself?


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After FBI agent James Strait, hailed as a national hero for stopping a major terrorist attack, is devastated by a rare disease, he is forced into a life of disability. Until a child asks him to use his skills to find her missing friend. Nine-year-old Jophia Williams vanishes on a lonely country road, leaving behind only a blood-soaked dress and a headless teddy bear. Strai After FBI agent James Strait, hailed as a national hero for stopping a major terrorist attack, is devastated by a rare disease, he is forced into a life of disability. Until a child asks him to use his skills to find her missing friend. Nine-year-old Jophia Williams vanishes on a lonely country road, leaving behind only a blood-soaked dress and a headless teddy bear. Strait discovers the "murder" scene was faked and that other African-American children have also gone missing. As he chases down clues revealing an underworld of racist fanatics in his hometown, he needs to fight people who will go to any length to stop him, including an incompetent police chief, his conniving superiors at the FBI, and a mysterious stranger on a motorcycle trying to kill him.To find Jophia, Strait must also contend with the horrors of his disease and demons from his past. Can he win the race against time to rescue the girl? Can he save himself?

30 review for The Rabbit Skinners

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    A former FBI agent returns to his hometown, and becomes embroiled in a missing child case. This is an intriguing, well paced story, packed with possible suspects - many of whom are members of the police force. The book could have benefited from some tighter editing, but the premise was solid, and it was definitely a page-turner. The author's James Strait is an interesting character, and I could easily see this becoming a series. A former FBI agent returns to his hometown, and becomes embroiled in a missing child case. This is an intriguing, well paced story, packed with possible suspects - many of whom are members of the police force. The book could have benefited from some tighter editing, but the premise was solid, and it was definitely a page-turner. The author's James Strait is an interesting character, and I could easily see this becoming a series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I expected to like this after reading rave reviews on amazon, but this book was not enjoyable for me overall. I did like the beginning of it with the FBI stakeout that morphed into killing action and its aftermath. A team of three was on its third day of sitting in a van with no a/c keeping watch on a cult compound that was known to have stockpile of nerve gas in the Colorado Springs area. And yes, it starts with a bang, death and injury to agents. A survivor of the action comes out of it with Me I expected to like this after reading rave reviews on amazon, but this book was not enjoyable for me overall. I did like the beginning of it with the FBI stakeout that morphed into killing action and its aftermath. A team of three was on its third day of sitting in a van with no a/c keeping watch on a cult compound that was known to have stockpile of nerve gas in the Colorado Springs area. And yes, it starts with a bang, death and injury to agents. A survivor of the action comes out of it with Meniere's Disease and tinnitus and decides to head off to his hometown though there is no family left there to welcome him. What he finds is a racist police force and corrupt wheeler dealers who use children. How and why of it should be left for the reader to find out. As I said in my first paragraph, I could only buy the Sonata of this symphony and did not care for the following movements of this piece as I found the plot entirely implausible. 2.5 stars Kindle Unlimited - I did not click on the button to stop that stupid monthly subscription fast enough so will hope my next KU book is a tad better than this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    First read by this author. James Strait was a true hero & it was good that he didn't give up. I found the title just as interesting as the content. There were difficult parts to read such as the child slavery scenes. Storyline held my attention for I wanted to see how this story would end. There were also modern day issues addressed. First read by this author. James Strait was a true hero & it was good that he didn't give up. I found the title just as interesting as the content. There were difficult parts to read such as the child slavery scenes. Storyline held my attention for I wanted to see how this story would end. There were also modern day issues addressed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Woke novel about a former FBI agent, who after the usual tragedy, now has Meniere's disease, along with tinnitus. He returns to his small hometown, and gets guilted into investigating a missing girl, finding the usual racist underground. I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Woke novel about a former FBI agent, who after the usual tragedy, now has Meniere's disease, along with tinnitus. He returns to his small hometown, and gets guilted into investigating a missing girl, finding the usual racist underground.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ann-Marie

    Well written, but not my thing. First, I received this book free in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads and Amazon Kindle. I think the author, John Eidswick is a skilled writer. He is good at developing characters and their relationships to each other. His plot held together well, and I had no clue where it was going to end up. I am just tired of the physically flawed hero, who managed to overcome his disability to defeat the bad guys trope. It doesn't resonate with me anymore. Well written, but not my thing. First, I received this book free in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads and Amazon Kindle. I think the author, John Eidswick is a skilled writer. He is good at developing characters and their relationships to each other. His plot held together well, and I had no clue where it was going to end up. I am just tired of the physically flawed hero, who managed to overcome his disability to defeat the bad guys trope. It doesn't resonate with me anymore.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul Brandel

    Best thriller of the year, so far I loved this mystery thriller. The hero reminds me alittle of Jack Reacher. Both are big, very strong men who don't back down from trouble. Loved the story of a missing black child. I couldn't stop reading this superb book. Great job, John Eidswick! Best thriller of the year, so far I loved this mystery thriller. The hero reminds me alittle of Jack Reacher. Both are big, very strong men who don't back down from trouble. Loved the story of a missing black child. I couldn't stop reading this superb book. Great job, John Eidswick!

  7. 5 out of 5

    amanda

    It was a good book I enjoyed this book because I could see something like this happening in real life or at least something very similar.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane L.

    Captivating A fast-past, action-packed crime novel that keeps you captivated from start to finish. Solid moral lessons woven underneath the brilliant story that help you to learn without being obvious or preachy. A great read. I can’t believe I was able to buy a book this good for so cheap.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dynah Zale

    Comparable to a James Patterson Book First off I would like to say that I am an African American woman and this book was a fresh take on the realities in America. It was cleverly written and gave surprises throughout the book. This deserves to hit the New York Time Bestsellers List. I don’t give 5 star books often but this book deserves its due. I encourage the author to continue developing his craft.everyone is not meant to tell stories but I believe he is and will probably be one of the best in Comparable to a James Patterson Book First off I would like to say that I am an African American woman and this book was a fresh take on the realities in America. It was cleverly written and gave surprises throughout the book. This deserves to hit the New York Time Bestsellers List. I don’t give 5 star books often but this book deserves its due. I encourage the author to continue developing his craft.everyone is not meant to tell stories but I believe he is and will probably be one of the best in the world

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meron Yohannes

    Pros: I learned about a disease I have never heard of and the description of the disease was well done throughout the book. I enjoyed reading Jophia's perspective. Cons: White savior novel. Felt like the author wanted to be James Strait in another life. Did not like the description of certain minority characters. Poor copy editing. Pros: I learned about a disease I have never heard of and the description of the disease was well done throughout the book. I enjoyed reading Jophia's perspective. Cons: White savior novel. Felt like the author wanted to be James Strait in another life. Did not like the description of certain minority characters. Poor copy editing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I was surprised by how much I liked this one. Very suspenseful with an interesting premise. I will definitely seek out more of Eidswick's work in future. I was surprised by how much I liked this one. Very suspenseful with an interesting premise. I will definitely seek out more of Eidswick's work in future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joel Dennstedt

    - Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite The Rabbit Skinners by John Eidswick is fully comparable and sometimes superior to any Jack Reacher or Lucas Davenport novel on the market. Such comparison is meant to convey just how good this book is. Besides the meticulously satisfying plot (more on that later,) this deftly-paced mystery thriller checks every box included in the mythical Writer’s Guide to Writing. Namely, dialogue is pitched so finely-tuned, one actually hears the characters speaking; - Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite The Rabbit Skinners by John Eidswick is fully comparable and sometimes superior to any Jack Reacher or Lucas Davenport novel on the market. Such comparison is meant to convey just how good this book is. Besides the meticulously satisfying plot (more on that later,) this deftly-paced mystery thriller checks every box included in the mythical Writer’s Guide to Writing. Namely, dialogue is pitched so finely-tuned, one actually hears the characters speaking; these characters themselves are so well sketched, one thinks he must have met them somewhere before; and the myriad of tiny details necessary to establish place are so lavishly but unobtrusively sprinkled throughout, one feels (and hears, and smells) himself to be fully there in person. And all of this precision writing skill is devoted to telling a marvelously plotted story about a 9-year-old missing girl. Like both Reacher and Davenport, James Strait, lead character and FBI agent-on-hold, is a BIG man in John Eidswick’s The Rabbit Skinners. Unlike his uber-healthy predecessors in this popular genre, however, Strait suffers from debilitating bouts of Ménière's disease, as well as some lingering guilt from a previous raid gone wrong. In one of life’s mysterious synchronicities, Strait’s search for the missing child resonates much too strongly with the case of another child he could not save. This time, he does not mean to fail. A twisting but logical plotline moves Strait among an intriguing cast of people, places, and potentially fatal situations, making this book a truly exciting and highly enjoyable read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won this Kindle-edition book in a Goodreads giveaway. The plot was promising, but there were some bad mistakes that pretty much ruined the book for me. On the positive side, the story is well-paced, and the chapters are well constructed with nicely timed endings. However, the characters are fairly stereotypical, with exaggerated flaws for the evil antagonists, and hearts of gold for the good guys. And while it's great that the pastor of the church is a woman, I just cannot accept that she sleep I won this Kindle-edition book in a Goodreads giveaway. The plot was promising, but there were some bad mistakes that pretty much ruined the book for me. On the positive side, the story is well-paced, and the chapters are well constructed with nicely timed endings. However, the characters are fairly stereotypical, with exaggerated flaws for the evil antagonists, and hearts of gold for the good guys. And while it's great that the pastor of the church is a woman, I just cannot accept that she sleeps with a man on the first date, even if he is the hero. Most troublesome was the lack of editing and proofreading. While a few typographical errors are understandable, there are too many to excuse. Some mistakes that should have been caught by an editor (or just about anyone, really) are just awful. The worst include: placing Arizona east of New Mexico, providing an impossible scoring scenario for the end of a football game, and describing 9/11 as occurring in 2002. 1 1/2 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elysa

    A rogue dynamic duo..😏 Well now..Strait & Graham are quite the pair. Never envisioned FBI agents like these two. This story has the best and the worst of mankind laid out in excruciating detail. Horribly believable and relatable. It only took me two sittings to finish this...and despite all the muck I was able to laugh out loud at several passages. Well developed fast paced tale that left me looking forward to more adventures with these guys. Good one!👍

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    The Rabbit Skinners Wow! Well, this book was just totally amazing! It takes you on a journey of modern day prejudices in a way you least expect! I wanted to cry, not true, I did cry! There were character's O definitely wanted to hit! I suppose I am not giving away the story line at all. Just saying worth every minute you read and you will want to rate it higher than a 5 star believe me! The Rabbit Skinners Wow! Well, this book was just totally amazing! It takes you on a journey of modern day prejudices in a way you least expect! I wanted to cry, not true, I did cry! There were character's O definitely wanted to hit! I suppose I am not giving away the story line at all. Just saying worth every minute you read and you will want to rate it higher than a 5 star believe me!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Rabbit Skinners is one of the best books I have read in awhile, a recommended 4.5 star read. The story maintained my interest throughout, provided both a suspenseful and emotional journey and was brought to a satisfying closure that was neither abrupt or with unresolved issues. Well done. My thanks to goodreads and the giveaway sponsors for the opportunity to win and read this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barker

    Couldn't put it down Read it over the weekend and got nothing else done. Had watched a movie with actor Michael Shannon in it and he became James Strait in my mind. If ever this is made into a movie, he should definitely play the lead. Read it. You'll be hooked after the first chapter. Couldn't put it down Read it over the weekend and got nothing else done. Had watched a movie with actor Michael Shannon in it and he became James Strait in my mind. If ever this is made into a movie, he should definitely play the lead. Read it. You'll be hooked after the first chapter.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I like the way the author grabs your attention from the first page on. I had a hard time not staying awake till 2am reading! Beautifully done job on introducing characters and giving the reader the ability to connect with them!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andy Mosier

    The damn near best book I ever read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Very interesting and emotional read. Hard to put down- just wanted to keep reading. Very thought provoking. Highly recommended

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Fast paced, suspenseful and interesting! I can see this becoming a movie. You felt like you were in this town experiencing the fear of a missing child. It was easy to detest the bad characters and fall in love with the passionate strong women and kids.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Strickland

    Page turner I am an avid reader and love a strong lead character. Strait, on leave FBI, did not disappoint. I look forward to his next adventure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Smith

    Loved this book! The cover and title almost scared me away. Great mystery with a diverse group of characters and a couple of solid heroes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Lee Wood

    AN EVIL WIND ONLY BLOWS ONE WAY...HAVE FAITH Everyone should read this book. It's parents who won't give up against insurmountable situations. It's about how cruel people are toward Afro-Americans and Native Americans, how person are deprived their rights by the legal systems. How money put in the right hands can ultimately end their lives. Children kidnapped and how the law puts everything on the backburner. Mega-companies who promise jobs and low cost housing to the town. It's where everyone be AN EVIL WIND ONLY BLOWS ONE WAY...HAVE FAITH Everyone should read this book. It's parents who won't give up against insurmountable situations. It's about how cruel people are toward Afro-Americans and Native Americans, how person are deprived their rights by the legal systems. How money put in the right hands can ultimately end their lives. Children kidnapped and how the law puts everything on the backburner. Mega-companies who promise jobs and low cost housing to the town. It's where everyone benefits, but in this book only certain persons benefit. It also illustrates how strong children are and how determined one little girl caught up in this quagmire her life could end at any moment. The other six children who she helped save, by telling them stories so that they could forget the horror that was outside the barn where they were chained each night; they had to address their kidnappers as "Master," starved, punished both mentally and physically. One little girl is catatonic only five yrs. old a bone saw held at her neck as one of the kidnappers threatened to kill her. As you read you think that this is a pedophile ring but you aren't given any inkling until you read about what Jophia explains how the farm works and their responsibilities are. This book was hard to read, because some many things you've read about or saw something similar on "law & Order," or a "Life Time" it's sad and scary. Toward the end it asks are these person, Gunner, Gus, Lemmon and Miss Jenny weren't in it for the money, so what was their goal kidnapping these Afro-American children? Was it something they wanted to prove, experimental such as total enslavement of a particular persons of color and how far could they go before someone smart like James Strait, FBI Agent delves and questions Why's and What's being done.. This is a VERY INTERESTING AND MIND BOGGLING STORY TO READ. IT certainly keeps you on EDGE...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cath

    This turned out to be a very interesting book to read. It starts with events leading to FBI agent James Strait being injured and being forced out of the job he loves through injury and permanent disability. He is supposed to be on leave to recover from his injuries, whilst his claim is being processed, and decides to go back to the small town where he was brought up, Pine River. He is recognised by many for his heroic deeds in saving thousands from a terrorist plot. One little girl, Eliza, asks This turned out to be a very interesting book to read. It starts with events leading to FBI agent James Strait being injured and being forced out of the job he loves through injury and permanent disability. He is supposed to be on leave to recover from his injuries, whilst his claim is being processed, and decides to go back to the small town where he was brought up, Pine River. He is recognised by many for his heroic deeds in saving thousands from a terrorist plot. One little girl, Eliza, asks him to help find her best friend, Jophia, who has been missing for months. She is only nine years old and an African American child. It seems there have been other African American, Latino and native young children also gone missing and none have been found. The local police force have no expertise and a severe lack of wanting to do anything and are accused of being racist by those of colour in the town. Strait tries to discourage the girl and her family, from insisting he find Eliza’s best friend Jophia, but they invite him for dinner instead. He has a few severe attacks, from Meniere’s disease, on his arrival in the town and one of the hotel staff assists him and also invites him to dinner. He starts to get to know more about the other side of the town that he was brought up in and how the people are treated. He finally agrees to look into the police investigation so far, by talking to the police chief himself. On not getting quite the welcome he expected, he investigates further, but it seems someone is hiding something and don’t want him to find out what. He notes a black motorcycle that seems to be following him around town. Complaints by the incompetent police chief about his interfering in the case are sent to his FBI superiors – both of whom were involved in the case where he was injured and the feelings of animosity are mutual between them. There is a lot more to this thriller than expected. It takes quite a sudden turn of events and Strait has more on his plate than he can manage. He can’t use his FBI connections for any evidence and it seems the only witness is out of his mind and speaking in riddles. Strait travels to the crime scene, a local Indian reservation, amongst others trying to find the girl who he believes is still alive. I really enjoyed reading this book and having never read anything by this author, I am upset I hadn’t signed up for the ARC copy of The Language of Bears. If it as good as The Rabbit Skinners, then I have missed the chance of another great read. This book brings you a tale of a hero FBI agent, being forced out from the job he loves, through a disability that affects him severely and with no notice. He is someone who doesn’t want to be called a hero for doing his job, a job he wants to be able to continue doing. A thriller with a flawed hero and very current with protests about ‘Black Lives Matter’, which was used as the setting for Strait first meeting Eliza and being asked to help find her friend. The question is, can he get past his disability for long enough not to fail in his task and will he be able to save all the children in time? A great sense of pace where needed and a few surprises along the way. Much more to this read than expected. I was lucky to receive an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Calloway

    Very good It was very close to reality, I could see things like this happens, also I know that there are people in the world today that are just like the ones in the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mann

    I never had this book how it bot on my list I have. O idea

  28. 4 out of 5

    Blondie

    Excellent plot & characterization in small town America with racism, police corruption & white supremacy make this a difficult book to put down. It was very well written.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janet R. Hymon

    The book was a very interesting read. I had to make myself put the book down. The book is a good read, kept me wanting to read until I got to the. I would recommend it to my family and friends

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Hymes

    Great book Thank you GoodReads for giving me a copy of this book for a fair review. I really enjoyed this story and the characters in it. James Strait is an American hero who was injured in a raid and goes to his hometown to recuperate. He runs across a child kidnapping ring and, with no official help from his old FBI department, he goes about investigating the case. The book is action packed and I did not want to stop reading. I’m hoping there will be more Janes Strait sagas to come.

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