"In Compound Murder, award-winning Bill Crider invites mystery fans on a new adventure with Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes. Before classes start one morning, the body of English instructor Earl Wellington is found outside the building of the community college campus in Clearview. Wellington was clearly involved in a struggle with someone and has died as a result. Sheriff Dan Rhodes pursues and arrests a student, Ike Terrell, who was fleeing the campus. Ike's father is Able Terrell, a survivalist who has withdrawn from society and lives in a gated compound. He's not happy that his son has chosen to attend the college, and he's even less happy with the arrest. Rhodes discovers that Wellington had a confrontation with Ike over a paper that Wellington insisted was plagiarized. Wellington also had a confrontation with the dean. As the number of suspects increases, it's up to Rhodes to puzzle through the murder"-- Provided by publisher.