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Liz Kisacky Severn and John Early present their mysteries

Luce Women

In Luce, Minnesota, truth lies somewhere between where people judge it to be and where it actually is. After wealthy recluse Lyle Staybler dies under mysterious circumstances, Trudy Pluth is a person of interest. Townspeople mount judgments against Trudy. Enemies lurk in the shadows. Menacing figures appear from out of the dark.

Her few remaining friends work with her on renovation of an old house and offer support. They form a diverse group:  Trudy with a view of life and people as projects in need of repair; Martha with a Minnesota-nice persona to mask her sadness and fears; Iris with mixed emotions as a person of color transplanted from the East; and Greta with a scandalous life that offers fodder for small-town gossips.

Emeritus professor of English, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Liz Kisacky Severn has also worked as a reporter, columnist, assistant editor, and copywriter.  Her fiction appears in American Fiction ’97Carve Magazine, and StoryglossiaLuce Women is Severn’s debut novel.  A native of Maryland, Severn lives in Fargo, ND, with her husband, novelist John Early, and their cat Whompus.  She is at work on a prequel to Luce Women.

Flesh and Metal

Jacob Warner, a successful claims lawyer, was burnt out. Not that he'd noticed. He'd not noticed, either, how distant he'd grown from his wife. And by the time she was killed in a tragic auto accident he was not noticing anything. That was ten years ago.

In the decade since, Jake has been buried in a body shop, where he has tried to salve his psychic wounds by sanding, spraying, painting, buffing, waxing, restoring the smooth enamel surfaces to twisted metal. Still, the world baffles him, his soul aches, his life's a wreck.

Then a surrealistic encounter with a dying sheriff not only engages him in a battle of wits against a ruthless insurance executive but also drags him back into the world of liabilities, coverage, claims, and legal loopholes. Snapped out of his torpor by rage, Jake seeks, with the aid of his remarkable friend Luella, to vanquish the executive who represents everything that he himself once was and never wanted to be.

Jacob Warner, a successful claims lawyer, was burnt out. Not that he'd noticed. He'd not noticed, either, how distant he'd grown from his wife. And by the time she was killed in a tragic auto accident he was not noticing anything. That was ten years ago.

In the decade since, Jake has been buried in a body shop, where he has tried to salve his psychic wounds by sanding, spraying, painting, buffing, waxing, restoring the smooth enamel surfaces to twisted metal. Still, the world baffles him, his soul aches, his life's a wreck.

Then a surrealistic encounter with a dying sheriff not only engages him in a battle of wits against a ruthless insurance executive but also drags him back into the world of liabilities, coverage, claims, and legal loopholes. Snapped out of his torpor by rage, Jake seeks, with the aid of his remarkable friend Luella, to vanquish the executive who represents everything that he himself once was and never wanted to be.

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