This story is actually two stories in one. The main story is about the murder of a young woman. Dispersed among the chapters is the story of the Mississippi River and steamboats. It explains why the river was forced to flow along the path it did-and the people who made it happen-quite interesting. The author, at the end of the book tells what was real and what was his imaginings.
Amd there is a madman who is going to attempt to change the course of the river again--but who is he? And who is the murdered girl? His ultimate reason will astound you--or maybe not. Business and the bottom line has always been and unfortunately will probably always be the bain of Mother Earth!!
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Sheriff John Sprenkel has only lived in Concordia Parish, Louisiana for six years and has never had to investigate a murder. . . until now. The badly beaten body of a young woman dumped beside the banks of the Mississippi River offers few clues, but when he searches for answers, all he finds are more questions. Was the young woman Harriet Van Dorn, graduate student in Natchez, Mississippi, or Madeleine D'Anjou, streetwalker in New Orleans? Sprenkel isn't the only person who wants to find the truth. Jill Winston, Harriet's roommate, finds the investigation more compelling than her graduate work, and is intrigued by hard-working Sheriff Sprenkel. But their investigations lead to a dangerous plot dreamed up by a madman-one that could lead to disaster for everyone living along the Mississippi River!
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About the Author: (from the publicist)
Clyde Linsley was born 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1960 (at the height of the desegregation controversy). Linsley attended Little Rock University (one year), then transferred to the University of Missouri. There, he received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1964. That was followed by two years of graduate study in theology and social ethics at Colgate Rochester Divinity School where he didn’t get a degree but gained interesting knowledge and significant expenses and considered it worth every penny.
When asked what inspires his writing, Clyde quotes a favorite writer:
“William Faulkner wrote that the past isn’t irrelevant, and that it is “not even past.” As a Southerner who has lived most of his adult life in the east, I keep finding the past encroaching on the present, wherever I go. If there is a single theme to my books, it’s probably that what happens tomorrow is directly related to what happened yesterday. Europeans are probably more aware of this, because they have so much more history, but it’s just as true on this side of the pond.”
Most of his stories have echoes from the past.
After school, he worked on state and national political campaigns, two presidential inaugurations, and wrote radio news for a small New Hampshire broadcaster. He was also a reporter for a (now defunct) daily newspaper, a freelance writer and a mystery novelist. Clyde is married with three offspring (now adults) and lives with his wife in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.
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