A lapsed divinity student who is fascinated by astrophysics finds his best friend shot dead in a cornfield. It looks like suicide. Having returned to his farm roots near Lake of the Ozarks, Evan works as a skip tracer for the local car dealer. He learns his friend was involved in a dispute over farmland ownership that goes back two centuries – complicated now by plans to make an old weapons facility a tourist attraction. First in a new Mystery-Thriller series.
The author says, “Murder and metaphysics? Evan Wycliff is going through what theologians call the dark night of the soul. His curious, investigative mind keeps asking questions, whether about cosmology and the Big Bang or when or whether to pull the plug on a suffering patient here on Earth. He’s thinking he will reset his doubts when he returns home to rural Southern Missouri, but that’s where the Angel of Death catches up with him and he needs some answers even more than he did before. The area around Appleton City is my ancestral home on my mother’s side. Some of my boyhood experiences there inform Evan’s adventures and pranks with his friend Bob Taggart, who later either ended his own life or had help.”