Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Spotlight - Resurrection Garden

Jake Turner, a scarred veteran of the charge up San Juan Hill, has been a lone drifter through much of the settling of the west.  Opportunity was growing out of the newly turned sod of the North Dakota prairie in 1904 when he stopped to take a part time job as a Deputy Sheriff, expecting to move on again when the dark parts of his past catch up to him.

An investigation into a murder of a man hated by everyone has threads that lead to his best friend, Isaac.  Jake is ambushed and almost killed, but is nursed back to health by Isaac.  While Jake follows the clues into a labyrinth of hatred, sordid crimes and missing money he becomes attached to an eight year old orphaned boy named Andy and falls in love with Isaac's sister, Alice.  After being alone for so long with no hope or care for what tomorrow might bring, Jake finds it difficult to accept these new emotional attachments.

Jake believes in Justice, but before he had only his own life on the line.  When Andy is kidnapped and almost killed, Jake knows the killers will do anything to stop him.  In order to protect Alice and Andy, he must break their hearts and leave them and North Dakota behind.

Jake knows he'll be back.  So do the killers.  Trap and counter trap are laid.  Jake knows there will be graves.  He just doesn't know who will be in them.

The sheriff joined me in my contemplation of the body.  It wasn't pretty.  Thor had never been handsome and the ravages of being frozen under the snow for the winter and having birds and other animals picking away at the skin as the snow thawed and exposed the body made what was left of him downright disgusting.

One thing was evident though.  He hadn't died easy.  Freezing to death is relatively painless.  Wander out in the cold, get lost, fall asleep and don't wake up.  That wasn't what happened to Thor.

"What do you think?  Shotgun, maybe?" the sheriff opined.

"At least," I answered.  The hole in his chest was big enough to put a fist through.  "But why?  He musta been dead already when he was shot."

"Yeah, first someone beat him to a bloody pulp, then gutted him and slashed his throat,  And then shot him.  Ain't that what you said, Doc."

"Looks that way to me," Doc answered.  "Can't tell you much more until he thaws out all the way."

"Somebody wanted him deader than dead," the sheriff shook his head.

"Takes some hate to do all that," Doc commented.  "Got any suspects?"

Doc and the sheriff both turned to face me.

I let out a deep sigh.  "I suppose you want me to find out what happened to him."

Frank Scully was born and raised in a small town in North Dakota and received a Bachelor's degree in History with Phi Beta Kappa Honors and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of North Dakota.  He then served more than five years as a Judge Advocate General Corps Officer in the U. S. Army in the U. S., Vietnam, and Thailand.  After that he attended the prestigious Thunderbird School and received a Masters in Business Administration with honors.  In his professional career he has worked as an executive with large aerospace and defense manufacturers and also owned his own small business.

Depending on the vagaries of the universe he has been well off at times and broke, but never broken, at other times.  Blessed with an understanding wife who gave him twin sons, he has remained through it all a dreamer whose passion is writing stories that will entertain readers.

Resurrection Garden, a mystery novel, is the first of five books Frank has under contract with MuseItUp Publishing.

You can visit Frank's website at http://www.frankjscully.com/.

Links where you can purchase your own copy of Resurrection Garden:

MuseItUp Publishing:  ** CLICK HERE **
Amazon:  ** CLICK HERE **


Cheryl said...

Thanks for hosting Frank today. I'm about to start reading this book. One of my reviewers loved it.

Hope your readers will check it out.


Frank Scully said...

Thanks for the spotlight on my book, Susanne. It's a pleasure to be on your blog.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Cheryl. I was glad to spotlight the book. After reading through the synopsis and excerpt, I'm adding this one to my TBR book list. I'm trying to expand on the genres I've been reading.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Frank. I'm happy to spotlight your book on my blog. I've added it to my TBR book list. Thanks for stopping by!

Dorothy said...

I just wanted to stop by and wish Frank good luck on his virtual book tour and thank Cheryl for putting this together for us!

Kimberly said...

Good luck to Frank on his tour and with his book!

It sounds really good.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Dorothy. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving acomment!
Hi, Kimberly. Resurrection Garden does sound like it will be an interesting book. I've added it to my TBR book list. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read. Enjoy the Book Tour, I did one with Pump Up three years ago.

Chris H.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Sounds like an interesting book. :)

Good luck with it, Frank.

MuseItUp Publishing said...

Frank's entire A Decade Mystery series is simply thrilling and full of suspense. His main character has such a strong personality and consistent throughout that you can't help but feel for him. Kudos, Frank, and here's wishing you continued success with all of your books.

Frank Scully said...

I want to thank everyone who stopped by and read the post and particularly anyone who decided to read my book. I hope you enjoy it. It was 26 degrees below zero last night here in North Dakota, a bit nippy as we say here. My sympathies to those caught in the big storm.

Frank Scully

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Chris H. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.
Hi, Stina. I agree that it sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

Susanne Drazic said...

MuseItUp Publishing - I've added this book to my TBR book list. I'll be watching for when the other ones from the series will be released. Thanks for stopping by and for leavng a comment.
Hi, Frank. Thanks for stopping by this morning to check out the comments that have been left.

I have to say it didn't get that cold here. We are still getting snow, so I'm not going anywhere!

Julie Musil said...

This sounds like a great book with many layers! Frank, good luck to you.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What a lovely cover. The book sounds intriguing. Good luck on your tour, Frank.

Thanks for letting us know about this book, Susanne.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

It does sound interesting, Susanne. The beginning was really good!

Best wishes to Frank!

Frank Scully said...

Thanks again for everyone's positive comments and for stopping by to learn something about my book. To those who will be reading the book, Jake will be happy to take you along for the journey.

Frank Scully

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Julie, Beverly, and Sharon. Thanks for stopping by to check out the post and for leaving comments.

Hope you all have a great day!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Frank. Thank you for stopping by to check out the new comments that have been left.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for sharing, sounds great.


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