Barbed Wire Runs Through It

Customer Reviews: 39 Ratings – 4.8 out of 5 stars.

It was 1976, and Joe Bauer was a dyslexic, twelve-year-old boy, and he was having a bad year. Joe became involved in an investigation, led by his range detective father, on a case involving satanic cattle mutilations. He escaped death twice, watched a tornado ravage his family’s ranch, saw a plane crash-land near his one-room country school, and he met a Nazi. His parents sold their cattle ranch due to the injuries his father had sustained, and Joe’s teacher abandoned her job, leaving him to teach himself, as the last student at his country school in Holt County, Nebraska. Joe bared witness to the struggles of family and friends and the conflicts that were affected by these events. 

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The Author: Steve Koenig has been an insurance and private investigator for thirty years. He has performed thousands of hours of surveillance, investigated fraud cases, worked on homicide cases (criminal defense and unsolved), and he has tracked down people, money, and information. Steve lives in Nebraska.

Update -December 12, 2021

Thanks to all who have bought, recommended, and reviewed my book, Barbed Wire Runs Through It. Still trying to get the word out, so those reviews and recommendations help a lot.

The cover has been updated since its first release.

300+ copies have been sold.

The Audible book is complete. Eric Carstenson as the Narrator and Producer did a wonderful job. It is now available.


5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Loved, loved, loved this book. Great story. Being a rancher and Brand Inspector myself at one time and my husband in law enforcement, this stuff really happens. Can’t wait for the next book in “The Country Crime Series”. Fantastic! Keep it up. – Vicki

R.W.P. 5.0 out of 5 stars  Great story about a country caper set in rural Nebraska! What a great book about a country crime mystery as seen through the eyes of young Joe Bauer. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I didn’t want to put the book down. Highly recommended!

5.0 out of 5 stars  Life in Nebraska – It took me back to my childhood: There were so many references to the way and life of Nebraskans in the mid 70’s. It made me grateful for the good childhood I had. I was thankful the author wrapped up the story with justice and hope.

Ronnie O’Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars  Extremely funny country crime novel: This book is definitely a great pandemic read . Funny yet gripping this mystery novel does not disappoint. Rooted in rural Nebraska this story takes you back to a 1976 one room country school house. A retro take on Billy Madison with a country spin . You won’t want to put this down.

Kathleen Baldwin 5.0 out of 5 stars  IT LEFT ME TEARY EYED! I LOVED this book. It is well written and wraps up nicely. The main thing is I was born and raised through 4th grade on a farm near Holt county. My grandparents lived right on the county line between Holt and Wheeler counties, directly across the road from the Deloit schoolhouse. I attended there from kindergarten through 4th grade. Georgine “Frost” was my teacher from 1st-4th grade, and I just loved her. Rocky P…was it “Poebel”?…lived with his parents next to the Deloit school. Joe and Theresa “Knebel” had a passel of kids, and owned the “Corner Store”. We went there frequently, but mostly after church at St. Johns. St. Johns is where I was baptized, had my first communion and confirmation. It was the most important part of the community, and I believe, it still is. The author accurately captured the Catholic culture there. The big curve southwest of Clearwater used to be a “thrill ride” for foolish young people. I believe someone had a bad accident there and they filled in the deep dip for safety. This book brought back such strong memories and a feeling of homesickness. I still have several cousins out there, that I now see I must go visit soon 😊. Thanks, Steve Koenig! Great writing, great book.

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