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MysteryPeople Presents: Reavis Wortham, Rob Hart, Tim Bryant
Friday, October 21st at 7pm
REAVIS WORTHAM - Unraveled: A Red River Mystery
ROB HART - South Village
TIM BRYANT - Old Mother Curridge
Tonight MysteryPeople proudly presents three great mystery authors in conversation. Reavis Wortham will share his latest novel, Unraveled, set in the 1960s at a small, rural community in Northeast Texas. Rob Hart will be here with the third novel in his Ash McKenna series, South Village. And Tim Bryant will be discussing his Dutch Curridge series about the trials of a Fort Worth detective. Join us tonight for another insightful MysteryPeople panel!
The small, rural Northeast Texas community of Center Springs has seen its share of troubles during the 1960s, everything from kidnapping, murder, and bank robbery. By 1968, the residents think life has finally quieted down, but they find their peaceful way of life is quickly spinning out of control as a decades-long family feud between the Clays and Mayfields once again flares to life. Fourteen-year-old Top Parker who lives with his grandparents Constable Ned Parker and Miss Becky in a little farmhouse near the Red River finds himself caught up in another adult situation sparked by a mysterious fatal single car accident involving the white mayor of Chisum and his black female assistant. Questions and accusations arise about their relationship as the families wreak vengeance on each other. But what is the significance of a man calling himself the Wraith, who moves through region at will, invading homes and watching the Parkers? What is Maggie Clay’s secret? That she’s half white and married to a black man with a long criminal past? And was Mayor Frank Clay, the only bright spot in a dark and cruel family, really what everything thinks he is? It’s a busy time for Sheriff Cody Parker, who finds himself a possible suspect in the murder of several residents. He takes the advice from his Deputy John Washington and removes himself from the investigation, giving free reign to both John and Deputy Anna Sloan as they try and unravel the answers by following different paths. The ending will leave you staggering as the families clash on a small battlefield and the killer is finally revealed in a most unexpected way. These aren’t the 1960s that most Baby Boomers remember.
ABOUT REAVIS WORTHAM
As a boy, award-winning writer Reavis Z. Wortham hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for his fictional Center Springs. The author of Doreen's 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café as well as the acclaimed Red River mysteries, Reavis is humor editor and frequent contributor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine, writing on everything from fishing to deer hunting. His work has also appeared in American Cowboy, Texas Sporting Journal, and several other magazines. A retired educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas.
ABOUT SOUTH VILLAGE
The third novel in Rob Hart's critically acclaimed Ash McKenna series, in which Ash finds himself working at a Georgia commune following events that have left him devastated, only to find that the supposedly peaceful community houses a rogue faction preparing to commit an unspeakable act of violence
Ash McKenna used to be an amateur P.I.—emphasis on ‘amateur’. Despite good intentions, he made a mess of his life in New York, so tried to build a new one in Portland. But after a traumatic turn of events, he ends up on a commune in the Georgia woods, binge-drinking cheap whiskey and waiting for his passport to flee the country and nightmares that have followed him.
Then a man is found dead. Known only as ‘Crusty Pete’, the commune dweller is sprawled in the dirt, having fallen from a high rope bridge. It’s written off as an accident, but Ash suspects something more sinister. As he looks into Pete’s death, Ash is shocked to find the supposedly peaceful community houses a rogue faction preparing to commit an unspeakable act of violence.
Ash has to make a choice: run, or put his skills to use and try to stop them. But he doesn’t know who to trust, or where the faction is planning to strike. As he struggles to put a stop to the violence, while keeping his own demons at bay, Ash finds that it’s only a matter of time before one or the other puts him down for good.
ABOUT ROB HART
Rob Hart is author of New Yorked and City of Rose, featuring Ash McKenna. He is the associate publisher at MysteriousPress.com and the class director at LitReactor. Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. Rob is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella, and his short stories have appeared in publications like Thuglit, NEEDLE, Shotgun Honey, All Due Respect, and Helix Literary Magazine. He lives in New York City.
ABOUT OLD MOTHER CURRIDGE
Dutch gets naked! In OLD MOTHER CURRIDGE, Private detective Alvis "Dutch" Curridge asks questions like: "Did Elvis Presley kill this poor dead girl?" "Did I kill the bastard son of lawman Bat Masterson?" and "Did Alvis Sr. leave me with the greatest mystery of them all?" Dutch Curridge leaves his beloved Fort Worth to find some answers in OLD MOTHER CURRIDGE, the greatest Dutch Curridge tale of them all. And yes, he gets naked in both a physical and metaphorical sense. It's a story about questions that lead to more questions. A story about stories, and each one comes with a price.
ABOUT TIM BRYANT
Tim Bryant published his first novel DUTCH CURRIDGE in 2010, and followed it with two more in the series: SOUTHERN SELECT in 2013 and SPIRIT TRAP in 2014. He was named one of the Top Five Texas Authors of 2014 by BookPeople in Austin, TX. His fifth novel CONSTELLATIONS was released by Behooven Press in April of 2015. His short story "Doll's Eyes" was included in Subterranean Press' IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS anthology. Tim also writes and records music, having recently released the album "New Endings For Old Stories" by his band Rise And Run. You can find his heart in the Texas Hill Country, but he lives in a little house in Nacogdoches with his wife Leela, their kids Molly and Jackson and a dog named Bowie.
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