32 Books in 32 Days – Day Seven

Each day leading up to the April 17 announcement of the 22nd Annual Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today, we feature


Genre Fiction Finalist,
Frag Box
Richard A. Thompson


Excerpt from Frag Box:

I abandoned my post by the door before the light got to it, diving under the boat. The hull seemed to be supported by some kind of cradle, rather than sitting on a trailer, and there was barely room for me to squeeze under it. The discs of light continued to dance around, but they couldn’t reach me. I forced myself to breath normally, hoping to put myself into a state of calm control by some reverse body language. It didn’t work. Some very old impulses were resurfacing. Very old. But I wasn’t very old anymore. Suddenly I was fourteen again, and quite sure I was about to die.

Herman Jackson runs a bail bond business in St. Paul and is surprised when his murdered client Charlie Victor leaves behind a will naming Jackson as the sole heir. The race is on as both Victor’s killers and Jackson try to find Victor’s secret stash of cash called his “frag box.”


Richard Thompson is a former construction manager who traded his hard hat for a laptop and now writes full time. He has published both mystery and science fiction short stories, and his first novel, Fiddle Game, was short-listed for a Debut Dagger Award. He is a member and former chapter officer of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Richard lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife of 45 years and two neurotic cats.


“A jaded reader of crime thrillers may sniff when they hear of novels that are “impossible to put down,” but with Richard S. Thompson’s Frag Box it just may be true. St. Paul bail bondsman Herman Jackson’s voice is fresh, his situation original, and his dubious back-story believable. Frag Box is a treasure hunt that cannot disappoint.” – Minnesota Book Awards Judge

“Compelling…A dash of romance, plenty of action and an appealing, wise-cracking hero enhance this detective story with an old-fashioned noir flavor.” – Publishers Weekly

“Combines the hard-boiled voice of Raymond Chandler and the modern wry humor of Carl Hiassen. Not to be missed!” – James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones

“There’s no greater pleasure than discovering a great read. For me, it’s Richard Thompson’s new novel, Frag Box. What a delicious piece of writing this is! Sad, funny, tragic, and compelling in every way. Honest to God, this book has it all. If you don’t pick it up and find out for yourself, you’re just a damned fool.” – William Kent Krueger, author of the award-winning Cork O’Connor mystery series


Award winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Saint Paul. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available by clicking here or calling 651-222-3242.


Have you read Frag Box? What are your thoughts? Did you vote for the Readers’ Choice Award? We welcome your comments!

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