John Galligan in conversation with James DeVita: Murder, He Wrote
Saturday August 15 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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"Striking prose, engaging characters, and a searing story of crimes rooted in the heartland...a darkly irresistible thriller." —Kirkus (starred review)
In this sequel to the “gritty, brash, and totally gripping” thriller Bad Axe County, Sheriff Heidi Kick is investigating an illicit cage fighting ring with ties to white nationalism when her husband suddenly goes missing.
It’s a time for celebration in Bad Axe County as the town gathers for the annual Syttende Mai—or Norwegian Independence Day—festival. During this rollicking family-oriented event filled with dancing and food, Sheriff Heidi Kick discovers a dark and shocking event—a migrant worker has been savagely beaten but refuses to explain what happened. Then, a sudden murder of a band member shatters the festival. Something is deeply wrong in Bad Axe County.
As she looks for answers, Heidi plunges into a secret underworld where high-stakes cage fights double as combat training for the White Nationalist movement. Then all hell breaks loose for Heidi when her husband disappears and a secret he’s been keeping from Heidi is revealed.
A timely portrait of the deep divisions and simmering tensions brewing in our country today, Dead Man Dancing takes you into the dark heart of a movement defined by violence and hate—a breathless thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
John Galligan is the author of the novels
Red Sky, Red Dragonfly, The Nail Knot, The
Clinch Knot, The Wind Knot, and Bad Axe County.
He lives and teaches writing in Madison, Wisconsin.
“An engaging mystery that’s a feast of literary allusions. . . . Detective James Mangan’s ‘verbal quirks,’ snatches of prose or poetry that pop into his head and help him solve cases, make him an unusually distinctive sleuth.”—Publishers Weekly
A grisly murder in a pastoral Wisconsin town, Winsome Bay, proves to be only the opening act in a twisting, darkening series of gruesome deaths. Acclaimed already for his young adult fiction, actor/director/playwright James DeVita has written an addictive, adult thriller that takes us from Chicago’s underbelly to the Wisconsin woods.
In this fast-paced novel we meet a gorgeous waitress with a haunted past, an author juggling a failing career and motherhood, and a hard-bitten detective with unexpected inspiration from William Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays—and nobody escapes the nightmare created by a psychotic killer of women.
James DeVita, a native of Long Island, NY, is an an actor, playwright, and author of the novel, A Winsome Murder, and the YA novel, The Silenced. James has also written more than twenty plays and adaptations of classics for young audiences and adults.