A Tale Before Departure

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Can murder and death be predetermined by the utterances of a drunken curse? A stranger carrying an unusual cloth handbag engages in conversation with a fellow traveler during a flight delay. When questioned about the bag, the man relates a gloomy tale. His tale begins when a clap of thunder causes a peacefully grazing bull to stampede into a young man. The trample mans body is later linked to the beating and rape of a young girl found comatose at the bottom of a rocky ravine. Shrouded in mysticism, the travelers narrative chronicles four generations of tragic marriages-a soothsayers cursed son forced to flee Ireland during the Irish Uprising, a secreted child, an alcoholic mothers neglect, self-imposed isolation and untimely deaths.
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Author of Teejus Journey, Return to Islamorada, Downsized, A Fool and the Jew, and Passage Notes as well as numerous short stories, John F. Dillon is the father of four boys. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, John returned to Long Island and married. A graduate of C. W. Post College, John began his writing career in the early 1900’s. He now resides in Tamarac, Florida with his wife Sharon.

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AuthorHouse
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Published on
May 19, 2012
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Pages
184
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ISBN
9781467037679
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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