The Kansas Murder Trilogy Book 1
by Melvin Litton
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Pub Date 25 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
Crossroad Press, Gordian Knot Books
In the summer of 1975, a group of young men known as “the boys” make their stab for freedom harvesting wild hemp, or marijuana, on the Kansas plains. Several are Vietnam vets, and all are somehow marked, at odds with their time. They see themselves as inheritors of the mythic West, like buffalo hunters in league with their captain, Frankie Sage. As long as they remain unarmed their crime is counted only a misdemeanor.
But a rival gang led by Valentine LaReese is prone to gunplay. The two are fated to clash. Privy to the action is CC Holtz, “King of the county,” who like any king demands tribute.
Early on a double murder on the border of two counties calls out both sheriffs. Their investigation and the free-spirited harvest run parallel till all trails converge, leading to a wry, dramatic climax.
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Melvin Litton superbly executes a complex, rich story centered on a murder in rural Kansas in the '70s. His tale is so much more than simply the hunt for the killer; instead, it's a tapestry of interconnected characters, motives, and passions, all of which converge in a dramatic resolution. Mr. Litton takes care to give depth to all his characters, suspense to all the drama, and delivers in the climax. Much, much more than a murders mystery....a great story. Highly recommended.
Melvin Litton presents us with a familiar and likable bunch of rowdy young men taking chances, chasing dreams and adventuring through the post Viet Nam days in the hemp fields of Kansas. "The Boys" share the stage with an unsavory cadre of violent hardcore criminals bullying through to their own ends, entwined with a pair of lawmen working to solve a double murder.
Litton's King Harvest runs the gamut of calculated misadventure, true innocence, pure evil, unsolved mysteries and dusty ghosts of the past. Great Read!