Timothy Kessler, a 35-year newspaper veteran and editor of The Eagle Democrat in Warren, will host a book signing of his first novella, A Long Road to Nowhere, at the Warren Branch Library on June 2 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
A chain of explosive events is set in motion as Ashley Jean Devareaux dies in a horrific traffic accident in Finley County, Arkansas. The quiet nearby town of Goatneck, which formerly had a very low crime rate, finds itself embroiled in the spectre of a serial rapist who pulls over unsuspecting females by using a blue light on his car and then takes them out onto isolated dirt roads and rapes them. No one is safe and the community is thrown into a panic that goes on for some time. In the meantime, they have to also contend with a teenage boy who apparently likes to kill. Did he have the makings of a serial killer? Was he involved later with the murder of a sweet, innocent little girl? And what was really going on in Goatneck City Court? Was the judge fooling around with his court reporter in sex games? Did she have a role in Ashley’s death? And was he taking bribes? Sheriff Bart Bartles takes out his frustrations by kicking and beating prisoners. Prosecutor John Paul Jones III tries to use grand juries to gain indictments, but is he being vindictive, going after the wrong people, or simply seeking justice for all? Tensions also boil over as the town takes sides in an explosive strike at a major employer. Will Goatneck and Finley County, Arkansas ever recover from the turmoil or will “A Long Road To Nowhere” claim its own victims along the way?
In addition to the book signing at the Warren library, Kessler will have a booth at the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival on June 9-10.
Kessler’s book officially releases on June 2. It is published by BHCpress. Presales are available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino. The book is available in eBook and softcover.