True Detective meets X-Files in the first installmen of the Luke McWhorter series
Nine physicists are dead. The medical examiner has determined that the victims died from drinking coffee laced with rat poison. The owner of the house, Professor Thaddeus Huntgardner, isn’t suspected, but his claim that a piece of the debris from Roswell’s 1947 UFO crash was hidden in Flagler might be true. Enter Luther “Luke” Stephens McWhorter, a Yale Divinity School–educated West Texas sheriff with all the right questions.
Is the fragment real? If so, who is trying to locate it? And what has fueled the byzantine activities of Abbot County’s two secret societies for the past 70 years? Working with FBI agent and girlfriend, Angie Steele, Sheriff Luke begins to put together all the pieces and come to understand the connection between seemingly unrelated phenomena.
Available October 1, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!
Dudley Lynch was born in Tennessee but raised in an oft-moving preacher’s family, mostly on the southern Great Plains. He has written 16 non-fiction books, including a biography of Lyndon Johnson and a study of Texas tornadoes. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Published: October 2019
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.
“An engaging narrative voice, likeable hero, and unpredictable plot make for an outstanding mystery debut!” — Jay Brandon, Edgar Award-nominated author of Fade the Heat and Shadow Knight's Mate
“[A] superb writer [who] deftly guides you through apocalyptic terrorism, academic over-reach, religion as entertainment, the chances of fate, the sustenance of friendship and the hunger for love, all out in the sunbaked badlands of West Texas.” — Victor L. Hunter, co-author of The New York Times-reviewed novel, Living Dogs and Dead Lions
“Lynch takes Sheriff Luke McWhorter and the reader on a wild ride through the West Texas prairie to deliver a bang of a story.” — Stephanie Jaye Evans, author of the Sugar Land Mystery Series
Joe Holley, writer of The Houston Chronicle's weekly “Native Texan” column, calls Lynch a “clever and quirky” author who has pulled off a “unlikely” plot “with panache.”
“[Dudley Lynch] has done the almost impossible. He has turned the Raiders of the Lost Ark into a Sunday School lesson. . . . There is a film there!” — Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology