Lonesome Song: A Shep Harrington Smalltown Mystery by Elliott Light (Hardback, 2002)
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- DescriptionReilly Heartwood, a famous country singer, is dead. His sister doesn't recognise the body. The local reverend has refused to bury him. The funeral home director plans on exhibiting Reilly -- and charging admission -- to his adoring fans from all over the country. The people of Lyle detest Reilly -- holding him responsible for unmade fortunes and lost investments. His death, to the concern of one other than his sister, is ruled a suicide. Shep, 32-year-old divorced and disbarred lawyer, arrives to attend the funeral of the w deceased Reilly Heartwood, and finds all of this too puzzling, especially the part about Reilly killing himself. Shep is compelled to ask a few questions, then a few more. Before he kws it, he's drawn into a complicated web of grudges, half-truths, and misplaced good intentions that only a small town could weave. As he reconstructs the final destructive minutes of Reilly's life, Shep ultimately learns the startling truth about his mother, Reilly, and himself. Shep is surrounded by a cast of characters--Doc Adams, the Reverend Billy, the four residents of the local poor farm (Jamie, Carrie, Harry, and Cecil) and Rose Abernathy to name a few. And Shep's life is complicated when he meets Cali McBride, a reporter in need of a story. Besides the death of Reilly Heartwood, there are several old mysteries to unravel. Why does the town hate Reilly? What is the connection between Reilly and someone named C.C. Hollinger (the name under which Reilly recorded most of his music)? What is the old feud between Shep's mother and Rose about? And what had Reilly planned for the poor farm? Shep, the book's main character and its likeable narrator, comes easily to his new role of amateur sleuth. Because of his own recent experience, he's deeply distrustful of authority, having just spent three years in prison for a white collar crime he didn't commit. Yet, in digging out the particulars of Reilly's demise, he is neither bitter r uncaring, and the book manages adroitly to be an engaging who-dunnit set in a small town. Woven into the story line are universal themes -- classic injustice, unrequited love, and consequences of an unforgiving heart.
- Author BiographyElliott Light grew up outside Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia before the beltway encircled the capital city, before farms were turned into housing developments, and before open fields became mega-malls. The small town of Lyle is his literary creation and reflects a mixture of true life and fiction drawn from the place he grew up and the places his relatives and ancestors lived. Light attended the University of Virginia, receiving degrees in Electrical Engineering and Law. After stints as an environmental and high tech lawyer, he's now practising as a patent attorney. Light resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Sonya, and their two felines, Sumo and Sasha. This is his second published novel.
- Author(s)Elliott Light
- PublisherBancroft Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2002
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBancroft Press
- Weight512 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine20 mm
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