Historical adventure thriller, 1859-61 Mississippi. Into a world built on slavery and male domination, an audacious abolitionist, Durksen Hurst, and a group of undocumented slaves embark on a secret partnership--threatening the town's dominant family, the reclusive Mrs. French and her troubled son, Devereau, who are concealing their own tainted past. When a beautiful fugitive, Antoinette DuVallier, appears, with mysterious ties to the Frenches, long-repressed conflicts are unleashed, tearing asunder the once-sleepy hamlet.As the story's tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling plot twist and cathartic revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved--indeed, what it means to be human.
"...compelling from the first page to the exciting conclusion. I am anxious to read the next installment." - Historical Novel Society
"... an entertaining and complexly plotted pre-Civil War novel about fairness and decency versus slavery and greed. " - Amazon
The Lies That Bind is the first novel in Ed Protzel’s “Dark Horse” trilogy. Ed has written five screenplays for feature film and developed projects for Hollywood. He has a Master’s in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ed lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches college English.