Cooper Lydell of Bullwhacked fame is back, this time trying his hand as a rodeo “barrel man” – a job that you don’t have to be crazy to do, but it helps.
A barrel man is the guy (often with a clown’s face paint) who distracts bulls after a bullrider has been dumped, and the bull fighters are working to get the rider to safety. The barrel guy has a drum he can jump into when the bull gets too close, but he can also be gored, stomped, and rolled in the process.
Coop is a bit old for this carry on, but he has good reason to stick to it; he needs the money, and there have been two murders on the rodeo circuit that need solving.
Of course, Coop can’t help but get involved.
Hung Up in Bemidji follows on from Kathy Cohen’s first novel Bullwhacked, featuring Cooper Lydell and his colorful “connections”. It’s another fun romp through the rodeo world, and Cohen has captured the camaraderie and the danger of the sport again. It keeps the reader turning the pages and Cohen’s writing style is easy and unpretentious, much like her characters.
About the author:
Kathy Cohen competed in quarter horse shows in the Midwest from an early age. The Kansas City Royal and Aksarben horse shows are among her many equestrian and western pleasure wins. Her stepfather is an accomplished horse trainer.
Cohen says: “We went to rodeos for entertainment and marveled at how really dangerous the sport is. (My stepfather once lent a pair of chaps to a contestant who was then killed in the arena. He felt too awkward to try to get the chaps back under the circumstances). I thought it would be interesting to use such a dangerous sport and yet find some humor in it. Bull riders are pretty macho guys, so I thought I’d show something less stereotypical to readers. (I’d like to add that training and showing horses isn’t like lounging in a recliner and watching the television either. I had one side of my face kicked in by a horse, and my stepfather suffered a fractured pelvis, brain trauma, and many lesser injuries over the years. Thank heavens for plastic surgeons!)
She currently resides in Minneapolis. With a degree in English literature and some non-fiction credits, Bullwhacked was her her first novel.