The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.
In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.
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Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. He served in the US Navy Reserve for over 20 years, and was a tenured faculty member at several state medical facilities, teaching postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel. Since retiring Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. The Cairns of Sainctuarie, his science fiction series, includes The Bleikovat Event and The Missing Planets, with a third book in the works. Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was released early 2016.
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Southern writer Hawk MacKinney is an internationally acclaimed author and public speaker. A retired U.S. Navy officer, Hawk was on the postdoctoral faculties in the states and England, as well as the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem.
I grew up in the open spaces of the mountains of the southwest, along with my horses and dogs and every other farm critter, along with assorted “four-legged furry hairy scaly varmits”…not to mention big cats, wolves…just the run-of-mill usual days in dad and mom’s barnyard and chicken pens. Wrapping the words around those decades to describe what it was like growing up skims too superficial what farming times and my coalminer grandma gave root to in my fantasy/imagination.
A few times my Southron upbringing would knock through my having fun, whispering, “I hadn’t ort’a dun gotten into this.” Ah yes, growing up in the Southron backcountry added much to the characters I shape and carve and introduce to mayhem. The yarns I concoct to spin and twist and tease my readers come straight from the outhouses and the loft of daddy’s barn where I was into “mischief” while wildly knocking the leaves off his prized alfalfa hay. I can still hear him yelling, “You two git the hell out’a there! You gonna ruin the alfalfa.” I wouldn’t take anything for it.
I write from the heart…and across several genres. My characters have a part of me in each of them. Mark Twain said. “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
I now live along the deceptively lazy river of the Westos.