THEO & The Mouthful of Ashes by Ron Rhody

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THEO & The Mouthful of Ashes begins with the discovery of the body of a prominent widow lying dead at the bottom of the cellar stairs in the family home in the lush Bluegrass of Kentucky. Her head has been bashed in by an old flatiron and her mouth has been stuffed full of ashes.

The county is horrified at the brutality of the murder and mystified at the use of the ashes.

Theo Clark, who readers first met in Theo’s Story, Mr. Rhody’s first novel, a young Marine veteran of the Korean War working as a rookie reporter at the local newspaper, is assigned to cover the murder because no one else is around when the tip comes in. On the surface a crime tale, Theo & The Mouthful of Ashes also explores the social and political dynamics at play in the Capitol City in the mid-1950s.

It is a fast moving story about a bizarre killing, a young reporter trying to make it to the big time by solving the crime, but conflicted by a girl he can’t commit to yet can’t let go, a place he’s not sure he can leave, a Gypsy clan trying to stay clear of the law, and an ambitious sheriff trying to protect an important family and put the Gypsy leader on trial.

About Ron Rhody

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Ron Rhody heads The Rhody Consultancy in Walnut Creek, California, working with executives in business, academic, and not-for-profit sectors on a wide range of internal and external communications and public relations issues. He is accredited in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), where he is also a fellow. Rhody is the author of, among other works, "The CEO's Playbook: Managing the Outside Forces That Shape Success," Carol Ann Hackley is a professor of public relations at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She received her master's and doctoral degrees in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in language arts education from California State University, Sacramento. She is also accredited by and a fellow at the PRSA. She has written extensively about international public relations, among other topics.
Published November 7, 2011 by Outer Banks Publishing Group. 274 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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