In the heart of small-town America, where the past holds secrets and danger lurks around every corner, author Timothy R. Rice invites readers on a thrilling journey with his latest novel, "Melville." Set in the picturesque foothills of Melville, North Carolina, in the year 1979, this suspenseful and evocative story follows the life-altering return of Humphrey Larsen, a young man whose peaceful homecoming takes an unexpected and perilous turn.
Humphrey Larsen, a small-town boy turned world traveler, returns to his hometown with the promise of a quiet life and a substantial inheritance. However, he soon discovers that both he and Melville have changed. As his curiosity leads him to investigate the town's mysteries, he becomes embroiled in a series of criminal cases that local law enforcement seems unable or unwilling to solve.
Larsen, known as a part-time teacher, writer, and volunteer, becomes a full-time criminologist, akin to a small-town Sherlock Holmes without the genius and eccentricity. With the help of his best friend and a group of dedicated friends, they take it upon themselves to unravel the town's unsolved crimes, standing as a beacon of justice in their community.
But the shadow of the past looms large. A case from five years prior in 1974, initially simple and safe, turns into a dangerous and haunting mystery. "The Shadow," a ruthless killer who eluded capture, resurfaces, threatening not only Larsen but also his friends and anyone who stands in the way of justice.
As the pressure mounts to apprehend "The Shadow," Humphrey Larsen must also navigate the complexities of his relationships, torn between his longtime girlfriend Amy and a newfound infatuation with Becky Johnson. With each passing day, the stakes rise, and the question becomes whether Larsen and his loyal companions will succeed in stopping the killer's rampage or if "The Shadow" will claim its next victim.
"Melville" is a masterfully crafted thriller that delves deep into the human psyche, exploring the bonds of friendship, love, and the relentless pursuit of truth. Timothy R. Rice weaves a tale of suspense, romance, and danger that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.
Don't miss your chance to immerse yourself in the world of "Melville" and join Humphrey Larsen on his journey to unmask a killer and protect his town. Available now in bookstores and online retailers, this gripping novel promises a riveting reading experience that will leave you breathless.
About The Author:
Tim Rice, a native of Mebane, North Carolina, was a high school history teacher and basketball coach for more than thirty years in Virginia. His love of reading, especially historical biographies and mysteries, inspired him to write his first novel. He and his wife have two sons and three grandchildren. He is retired and lives in his native North Carolina.
Book Name: Melville: Mystery in a Small Town
Author Name: Timothy R Rice
ISBN Number: 978-1916787599
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