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.
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Published November 7, 2011
by Outer Banks Publishing Group.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences.