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A lapsed divinity student who is fascinated by astrophysics finds his best friend shot dead in a cornfield. It looks like suicide. Having returned to his farm roots near Lake of the Ozarks, Evan works as a skip tracer for the local car dealer. He learns his friend was involved in a dispute over farmland ownership that goes back two centuries - complicated now by plans to make an old weapons facility a tourist attraction. (First in a new Mystery-Thriller series.)
A Note From the Publisher
Advance Reviews of Preacher Finds a Corpse:
This is an excellent read! You are such an engaging storyteller. It really sucked me in. That last page did cause a triple-take, quadruple-take, and whatever comes after, up to about eight. You are definitely one of my favorite authors.
– John Rachel, author of Blinders Keepers and The Man Who Loved Too Much
A smart, thoroughly entertaining, and suspenseful mystery novel, which is not so much a who-done-it as a how-and-why. Your characters are universally well-drawn and quirky, and the relationship you develop between Evan and Naomi is fresh and romantic. I loved it.
- Roberta Edgar,co-author of The Perfect Play: The Day We Broke the Bank in Atlantic City
I have long been a fan of mysteries and my favorites include most John Grisham books, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels, and Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. What I especially enjoy about those and what I enjoyed about yours are the complexities of the main character’s personality/background and relationship with the crime/victim that naturally reveal important clues and context. The constant shifts in trust and tidbits of new information kept me guessing until the end who was friend or foe and the ‘need’ to find out kept the pages turning. You used the events and people around Bob Taggart’s apparent suicide to really illustrate the ripple effect these deaths have in communities and how many people are deeply affected beyond the immediate family. Many of the common stigmas, questions, and feelings suicide deaths leave in their wake were also addressed in a responsible way, which will help the conversation around suicide in general.
– Ruth Golden, Writer-Producer, The Silent Goldens: A Documentary About Suicide Loss
This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.
- Marvin J. Wolf, author of the Rabbi Ben Mysteries, including A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn
With its roots firmly grounded in an exceptional sense of place and purpose, Jones has created a murder mystery that lingers in the mind long after events have built to an unexpected crescendo. Murder mystery fans will find it more than a cut above the ordinary.
- D. Donovan, Donovan's Bookshelf