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Jack Kellogg is the new reporter in town, and wants to make his mark with the editor. But when he wants to report the truth about murder and rape, his headstrong investigation leads him into unexpected peril.

Small town Benteen, Montana in 1959 seems a peaceful community, nestled under tall cottonwood trees in the broad Yellowstone River valley of southeastern Montana. But after a deputy sheriff kills an unarmed Indian on Main Street, Jack seeks to discover the reason why.

Diverted from his reporting by a prejudiced sheriff working with a scheming county commissioner, he next attempts to write the story of a little Mexican girl killed by a suspicious fall off a painter’s scaffolding. His newspaper editor shuts him down on that story as well.

His plan to circumvent the official blockage by exposing the conspiracy in a public meeting ends with him arrested and in the sheriff’s jail.

Will Jack be able to cope with his experience and move on in his life?

A stand-alone mystery, the start of a series.

Available both in print and ebook editions.


“Writers are outsiders. Even when we seem like insiders, we’re outsiders. We have to be. Our noses pressed to the glass, we notice everything. We mull and interpret. We store away clues, details that may be useful to us later.” – Dani Shapiro