The Lies That Bind – DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1
An atmospheric Southern Gothic mystery like no other. Broke and despondent, trickster Durksen Hurst returns to Mississippi seeking redemption for his disreputable past — and maybe some glory. When he encounters a dozen hungry slaves hiding in the wilds, he persuades them to build a plantation with him — a scheme that will threaten the town’s dominant family: the brilliant, mad Widow French and her tortured son, Devereau. When Antoinette DuVallier, a mysterious woman from New Orleans with unknown ties to the Frenches, arrives desperately seeking her missing boy, long-buried secrets are exposed that tear asunder the once-sleepy hamlet.
As the tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved — indeed, on what it means to be human. Available in print and Kindle editions.
About Ed Protzel (St. Louis, Missouri Author)
Ed Protzel has authored three novels, completed five original screenplays for feature film, and developed scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. His Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy, published by TouchPoint Press, includes THE LIES THAT BIND (5 Stars Readers' Favorite), set in 1859-61 Mississippi; HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS (Literary Titan Gold winner), set in 1863 Missouri; and SOMETHING IN MADNESS (2019), set in 1865 Mississippi. His newest novel, the futuristic mystery/thriller THE ANTIQUITIES DEALER, was released Nov. 5, 2018, by TouchPoint Press. Ed has a master’s in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.