Hello friends (and future friends)!
Welcome to the re-launch of my blog.
On April 5, two of my nonfiction crime books will be released: Drifting into Darkness: Murders, Madness, Suicide, and a Death “Under Suspicious Circumstance from NewSouth Books of Montgomery, Alabama, and an updated, paperback edition of Met Her on the Mountain: The Murder of Nancy Morgan from the University Press of Kentucky.
In each narrative, I play a central role, taking you with me while I work to solve a cold case murder, set in the South.
Journalists solve cases like these all the time in movies, in mystery novels, and on television. It’s a standard fictional trope, but as police, prosecutors, and investigators will tell you, it rarely happens in real life. And yet, sometimes it does.
Drifting into Darkness is a tangled tale, stretching across three states, beginning with a gruesome double parricide in a Montgomery, Alabama, mansion.
Met Her on the Mountain is my highly-praised 2013 rural noir story, dating back to 1970. It takes place in the western North Carolina Mountains, in what was then an isolated, impoverished pocket of Appalachia. In parts, it reads like one of the region’s famous “murder ballads.”
I’ll try to keep you up-to-date on both of the books as well as any signings and appearances in the media (reviews, interviews, feature stories) and around the country. I’ll be happy to answer any questions. Covid permitting, I’m hoping to meet you face-to-face.