Saturday, November 18 at 6PM
DAVID HANSARD AND MILES ARCENEAUX
speaking & signing
How the Dark Gets In & Hidden Sea
ABOUT HOW THE DARK GETS IN
Faulkner said, -The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.- In HOW THE DARK GETS IN, Book 2 in the Porter Hall mystery series, Porter is about to find out that not only is the past not past, it's alive and well, wreaking havoc on the present, and threatening to derail the future. A friend is missing and in his search for her a woman presumed dead turns up alive, a woman he barely remembers is now in the middle of his life, a woman he knows to be dead drives by in the car she died in thirty years ago, and the living start to die. Porter is drawn into an odyssey that will Porter take him from his comfortable life with his children in New York City through the worst moments of his childhood to the rural Texas home he knows through hand-me-down memories, the place generations of his ancestors lived and died with hardship and hopelessness. In the meantime, the lives of everyone he loves hang by a thread controlled by an erratic prankster and an old enemy who's been seeking revenge for almost twenty years. It has falls on him to find who is behind the threats, and stop them, but for the first time in his life Porter Hall doubts the one thing he has always been able to trust: himself. C. J. Box, Edgar Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series, says about ONE MINUTE GONE, Book 1 in the Porter Hall series: -It blasts right out of the chute and doesn't stop bucking until the very last page...(it) reminded me of a real estate version of Serpico crossed with Bonfire of the Vanities...a bittersweet and very real portrayal of a family blown apart by mental illness, but saved by the wisecracking virtue of Porter Hall--the bulldog protagonist who won't let go of the case or his loved ones. Marcia Clark, NY Times #1 bestseller and author of the Samantha Brinkman and Rachel Knight legal thriller series, and former LA County prosecutor says of ONE MINUTE GONE: -This debut novel reads as though it was written by a seasoned pro. It's as thrilling as it is enchanting. The characters are vivid and unique...and if you don't fall in love with Porter Hall, you're a psychopath.-
ABOUT DAVID HANSARD
David Hansard grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and lived for 25 years in New York City, where the Porter Hall series is set. After receiving a BA and MA (Creative Writing--Poetry) from the University of Wyoming, he moved to Austin where he entered the graduate program in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas. He now lives and writes in Colorado Springs. ONE MINUTE GONE, the first Porter Hall book, was released in 2013, and the second, HOW THE DARK GETS IN, in 2017. The third--as yet untitled--in the series will be released in future.
ABOUT MILES ARCENEAUX
“Miles Arceneaux” is the pen name of three long-time Texas friends. James R. Dennis is a former attorney turned Dominican friar who lives in San Antonio. Brent Douglass is an international businessman from Austin. John T. Davis, also of Austin, is a journalist and author. Together, as “Miles,” they have been featured authors at
the Texas Book Festival and the San Antonio Book Festival.
ABOUT HIDDEN SEA
Charlie Sweetwater saw Mexico—especially the Mexican Gulf Coast—as a spiritual second home. He’d worked, played and lived there for much of his life, and thought the country suited him better than anywhere this side of his home on the Texas Coast.
But now a worrisome and potentially dangerous development has shown up on Charlie’s radar. Young Augustus Sweetwater, affectionately known as Augie, hasn’t reported in after completing a south-of- the-border sales trip for Sweetwater Marine. Raul, Augie’s father and Charlie’s nephew, is worried sick. Drug cartel violence in Mexico has reached epidemic proportions and Augie’s path took him through the heart of the narcotraficantes’ territory.
Charlie figures Augie just went off the grid to do some well-deserved fishing, surfing and beer-drinking at the end of his trip. He’d done the same in his time. But as Augie’s unexplained absence grows, Charlie and Raul become increasingly alarmed and set off for Mexico to bring their boy home. What they unearth is far more than the sum of their fears. The familiar and friendly Gulf of Mexico has turned into a hidden sea plagued by smugglers, human traffickers, crooked politicians and even pirates. And Augie is lost somewhere in the middle of it all.
Charlie and Raul must summon an unlikely cast of characters to aid them, including a hilariously dissolute ex-pat musician, a priest whose faith struggles against the
rising tide of refugee migration, a Mexican tycoon who may have secrets of his own and a beautiful maritime “repo” specialist. At the end of their quest, as the deepest secret of all is revealed, Charlie Sweetwater learns that neither Raul and Augie, nor the Gulf of Mexico, nor even himself, will ever be the same again.
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