The Merchant of Dust
A dark satire set during a political campaign in 1980s New Mexico, The Merchant of Dust tells the story of Mark Thomas and his attempt to thwart a U.S. Senate hopeful who may be responsible his father’s death, first by joining his opponent’s campaign, then by uncovering his role in a scandal. He soon finds danger lurking close to his home town of Thoreau.
About Benjamin Radford (Corrales, New Mexico Author)
Benjamin Radford is an award-winning investigator and deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He has written thousands of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, mysterious phenomena, critical thinking, and science literacy.
He is author, co-author, or contributor to more than twenty books, including Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore; Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment (winner of the Southwest Book Award); Bad Clowns (Independent Publisher Award bronze medalist); and most recently Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits.
Radford is a regular columnist for several outlets including LiveScience.com and Discovery News. Radford co-founded two podcasts: Squaring the Strange (2016-present) and MonsterTalk (winner of the Parsec award). Radford has been quoted as an expert by hundreds of media outlets including CNN, ABC News, BBC, CBC, The New York Times, Gizmodo, Forbes, The New York Times Magazine, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, Fortean Times, the Huffington Post, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Vanity Fair. He has also appeared on dozens of television shows including Good Morning America and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. Radford has a masters degree in education and a bachelors degree in psychology, and is a member of the American Folklore Society. More about Radford can be found at www.BenjaminRadford.com and on Wikipedia.