Cold Hearts Burning is an enduring tale of wit, romance, and intrigue revolving around a series of perplexing murders centered on youthful liaisons, which ultimately leads to a quixotic relationship as the past unravels into the present. After a big-city police department drums Dean Davis off the force for committing a tragic error in judgment, he returns to his small hometown to ponder his uncertain future, only to encounter his troubled past. He finds that small towns hide their dark secrets well when a former first love charged with the murder of her current fiancA(c) engulfs him in a baffling whodunit to prove her incent of the crime. Further besieged by ather old flame from his freewheeling high school days, as well as his first lovea s younger sister, his dilemma quickly evolves into a comical misadventure that ultimately heals deep wounds distant and near as it exposes a heius scandal in a convoluted paradox of twists and turns.
John W. Huffman was born 29 November, 1946, in Hemphill, Texas, the oldest of eight children. John attended elementary school in Pineland, Texas, and junior high and high school in Jasper, Texas. He enlisted in the Army Airborne in 1966 and served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, the first as a private, and subsequently a sergeant, with Alpha Company, 1/27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in 1966-67, the second as an officer/aviator with the 120th Aviation Company in 1972-73. He retired as a major in 1986 with three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, sixteen Air Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, two Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medals, and various other service and campaign ribbons. John graduated summa cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, retired from the Army in 1986, and launched a real estate sales and management company, SouthCorp Properties, Inc. He previously owned seven speedways in five states, created an automobile racing and sanctioning body, the American Racing Association, and developed three touring series. John has received an honorable mention in the Writer's Journal for a short story contest, published two short stories, The Reincarnate and The Mad Dash, four novels, A Wayward Wind, a Regional General Fiction Finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Tiger Woman, a First Place Winner in the Action-Adventure category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and The Baron of Clayhill, a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest and a 2010 finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the National Indie Excellence Awards, and his two latest releases, Above All and Cold Hearts Burning. John has completed three other novels awaiting publication: America's Diplomats, Eyes of the Blind, Searching For Leah, and is currently working on When A Rebel Comes Home. John resides in Blythewood, South Carolina, with his wife Misty, and has three sons and two granddaughters.