Barbed Wire Runs Through It

This story is a glimpse of rural life in 1976, Holt County,  Nebraska. Joe Bauer, a dyslexic, twelve-year-old boy, watched a dust-devil of activities take place around his family’s failing cattle ranch. Surrounded by interesting characters; his hard-working mother, his range detective father, the county sheriff, a local priest, and a worshiper of Satan – he witnessed the presence of evil and nearly died twice. In the end, it would be one of the best times of his life.  

Book Launch: July 4th

Amazon: Kindle E-Book $2.99 & Paperback $9.99

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Audible – In Production

Sodtown Books


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 – August 5

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.

150+ copies have been sold.

The Audible book is in process with Nebraskan, Eric Carstenson as the narrator and producer.


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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