Historical adventure thriller, 1859-61 Mississippi. Into a world built on slavery and male domination, an audacious abolitionist, Durksen Hurst, and a group of undocumented slaves embark on a secret partnership--threatening the town's dominant family, the reclusive Mrs. French and her troubled son, Devereau, who are concealing their own tainted past. When a beautiful fugitive, Antoinette DuVallier, appears, with mysterious ties to the Frenches, long-repressed conflicts are unleashed, tearing asunder the once-sleepy hamlet.As the story's tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling plot twist and cathartic revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved--indeed, what it means to be human.
"...compelling from the first page to the exciting conclusion. I am anxious to read the next installment." - Historical Novel Society
"... an entertaining and complexly plotted pre-Civil War novel about fairness and decency versus slavery and greed. " - Amazon
About the Author
The Lies That Bind is the first novel in Ed Protzel's "Dark Horse" trilogy. Ed has written five screenplays for feature film and developed projects for Hollywood. He has a Master's in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ed lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches college English.