Wally Avett is retired from a sales career --- newspaper and billboard advertising, mobile homes, real estate---in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He lives in the same little town, sometimes compared to Mayberry, where he was editor of the weekly newspaper in the '70's and town manager in the '80's. "My father was a town-and-country Methodist preacher," he says. "So I grew up with good story-telling all around me, friends and family." He met many colorful characters in a lifetime of interviews, heard many stories and they inspire his writing today. "For me, good writing has to be based on truth. It gives the work an authentic ring and makes it believeable. So I write like a granny-woman makes a quilt, producing fiction actually imagined from bits and pieces of raw truth." He is an avid reader and a gardener, a Sunday School teacher and gospel singer, hunter, fisherman and reluctant handyman. He likes local history, sometimes sells cabins to Florida flatlanders and frequently tells funny stories. His first two novels were published by Belle Books in 2014, MURDER IN CANEY FORK and LAST BIGFOOT IN DIXIE.
Still, working for one of the notorious Streets - who have a past history of violence reaching back to the boom time of the sixties - is never going to be easy. Chris' ex-wife is newly involved with his worst enemy and his younger brother Danny and his crazy girlfriend are up to something that will pull Ava into a world of blackmail, murder, sex and greed...
Years later, police detective Kelly Kraft is ready to get back to work after being sidelined because a boy died during one of his drug raids. While progressing through therapy with police psychiatrist Dr. Angela Moore, commissioned to help him root out his deep-seated anger, Kraft soon learns a brutal murder spree is underway. As Kraft, a super cop and remorseless killer in his own right, seeks to sort out the connection among the murders in Okinawa and the current series of murders, a surprise player is unveiled, forcing Kraft to rely on the reluctant Dr. Moore to help him unravel the case.
In this psychological thriller, a serial killer motivated by a chance viewing of a beautiful television newswoman unleashes his fury on innocent victims. Now only time will tell if a police detective and his psychiatrist can stop him before more die.