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/.
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