Ever wondered how mystery writers do it—create the perfect plot so that readers can't guess who did it until the final page? Interested in writing your own mystery book? If so, this event is for you! Join us at 6pm on Thursday, October 6th for author John Desjarlais's presentation, "How to Plot a Murder and Get Away With It." The former professor and author of, most recently, small town mystery The Kill Floor, will take attendees through the basics of the traditional mystery plot, as well as talking about how he's applied his knowledge to his own writing career.
This event is free and open to all, but RSVP to let us know you're coming at the link. And don't forget to reserve your copy of the author's book with Hub City!
"In the city, sitting in a squad car made you an easy target, but in the country you were a shield." -The Kill Floor
Frank "Flash" Gordon knows it's a detective's duty to speak for the victim, even when the world would rather they turn their back.
When the brash CEO of a huge swine factory is found dead on the property, most of the rural town wants to say "good riddance" and let the world move on one billionaire fewer. Frank can't shake the feeling that something is off. How can he solve the murder when the whole town seems to want the victim dead? To make matters more complex, most of the clues point to a dead man.
As the case twists and turns, Frank struggles to maintain his marriage to local environmental activist Stephanie. Frank's hunt for the truth puts him, his marriage, and his career on the kill floor.
Perfect for fans of police procedural novels, this small town murder mystery weaves drama and intrigue among the vibrant midwestern community members and the new industries throwing their way of life off balance.
A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio and a retired English professor, John Desjarlais writes historical novels, mysteries, and YA adventures that awaken wonder. His books include The Throne of Tara (Crossway 1990), The Light of Tara (KDP 2020), Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993), Bleeder, Viper, Specter (Sophia Institute/Chesterton 2008, 2011, 2015) and The Kill Floor (Torchflame 2022). His stories and poems have appeared in a variety of journals such as The Critic, Conclave, Lit Noir, Apocalypse 9, Dappled Things, and Kakalak. A member of Mystery Writers of America, The Rockford Writers Guild, The North Carolina Poetry Society and The North Carolina Writers Network, Desjarlais is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.