Evolution of the Series
Richard Carter is a former
Marine enrolled in criminology classes as the first story opens. Suffering from PTSD, although he refuses to acknowledge it,
he has dreams of becoming an FBI agent. That ambition is derailed in the first story. As the stories continue, he goes
through painful adjustments and attains a career in law enforcement—of sorts. These stories chronicle the career
and family life of Carter as he solves crimes as a rural deputy in Hawthorn County.
The stories (except for the first, Bonne Femme) take place in
the Missouri Ozarks. Each of the novels is a tale of obsession, although the obsessions vary. Some are mysteries,
others suspense and terror.
Call Her "Sabine"
Aren't two suspicious drownings and the disappearance of a co-ed jogger within the space of two weeks too much violence for
a sleepy rural community to be coincidence?
Why has a respected banker, his daugter, and a "rainbow person" each been murdered in the woods of Hawthorn County?
What do the deaths have to do with Civil War atrocities and family lore?
What better place to hide a body than in a rural cemetery? What better way to remember someone than to erect a roadside
What does murder by exposure have to do with
a long forgotten double homicide and the disappearance of Richard Carter's friend, deputy Ron Guidry?
The Grass Widow's Daughter
What has happened
to the small town girl with such a bright future ahead of her? Her car has been found abandoned in the cemetery of an
Ozark ghost town area known as "The Irish Wilderness."
The Other Law
The story is in process at this time.