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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jonis Agee. Lincoln, Nebraska: March, 2010
Copyright (c) 2010 Frank Wheeler Jr.


This thesis contains the first five chapters of the novel titled RAZORBACK, written by Frank Wheeler Jr. It is a crime drama, set in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains. The main character, Conrad, is a reclusive woodworker living in the back woods. His estranged wife, Jennifer, pays him a visit after five years with little contact between them, and asks him to kill someone for her. She claims it is a matter of personal safety; the man she has been seeing socially has become violent and threatening. After some consideration, Conrad agrees. He has his own agenda, however, and he finds out that Jennifer does as well. The title comes from the wild hogs that live in the region and are hunted by the locals. The man the main character intends to murder must be killed in the same manner. That is to say that he cannot be chased down; he must be lured with bait to the spot where the hunter waits.

Adviser: Jonis Agee