The September edition of Literary Ashland Radio focused on the upcoming Ashland Literary Arts Festival, scheduled for October 28 at the Hannon Library on the SOU campus. Tod Davies, Vice President of the Board of the Friends of the Hannon Library, explained this years event and how it’s different from earlier years. Have a listen.
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What if you could get away with murder?
Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections—handling everything related death row, from inmate interviews to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity, and it’s beginning to take its toll.
So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believes she has finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.
Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence…unless she’s willing to take matters into her hands. Can murder ever be justified? Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance—permanently.
Our August guest was retired journalist Paul Fattig. Born in Kerby, Oregon, Paul wrote for many of the newspapers in Southern Oregon and beyond. In 2001, Paul and his wife Maureen bought a burnt out shell of a cabin along Sterling Creek, about 10 miles from Jacksonville. Once retired, Paul told the story of renovating that shell and turning it into a family home. That story became the book Up Sterling Creek Without A Paddle. In our interview, Paul talks about writing, the challenges involved in renovation, and his new project about two uncles who became draft evaders in World War I.
After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce secondguessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and an uncharacteristic altruism sparks an act of mercy. He takes Miles under his wing.
Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t take it any further…and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being bossed around by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice’s powerhungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.
So Pierce does the one thing he shouldn’t do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.