Twilight of the Drifter by Shelly Frome

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"Twilight of the Drifter" is a crime story with southern gothic overtones. It centers on thirty-something Josh Devlin, a failed journalist who, after a year of wandering, winds up in a Kentucky homeless shelter on a wintry December.

Soon after the opening setup, the crosscurrents go into motion as Josh comes upon a runaway named Alice holed up in an abandoned boxcar. Taken with her plight and dejected over his own squandered life, he spirits her back to Memphis and his uncle's Blues Hall Cafe. From there he tries to get back on his feet while seeking a solution to Alice's troubles. As the story unfolds, a Delta bluesman's checkered past comes into play and, inevitably, Josh finds himself on a collision course with a backwoods tracker fixated on the Civil War and, by extension, the machinations of the governor-elect of Mississippi.

In a sense, this tale hinges on the vagaries of chance and human nature. At the same time, an underlying force appears to be driving the action as though seeking the truth and long awaited redemption. Or, to put it another way, past sins have finally come due in the present.
 

About Shelly Frome

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Shelly Frome is a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of mysteries, books on theater and film, and articles on the performing arts appearing in a number of periodicals in the U.S. and the U.K.. His fiction includes "Tinseltown Riff", "Lilac Moon" and "Sun Dance for Andy Horn". Among his works of non-fiction are the acclaimed "The Actors Studio" and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. "The Twinning Murders" is a trans-Atlantic cozy in the classic British tradition. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut.
 
Published January 14, 2012 by Sunbury Press, Inc.. 250 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What neither of the two know is that Alice was witness to a murder, and the killer is dead set on tying up all loose ends—one of those loose ends being Alice.

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