Written by Eric Low
We’re counting down to The Word on the Street Lethbridge by showcasing the works of local authors. This week we highlight: D.K. Stone’s Edge of Wild.
The Word on the Street Lethbridge is Saturday, September 24
Edge of Wild, by D. K. Stone, is a murder mystery novel for adults. The setting, presented realistically enough, is Waterton Lakes National Park, the village, the trails and off-trail areas, the roadways, and the rural and urban areas in Southern Alberta.
The time is a fictional spring and summer of 1999. The characters, again all fictional, include local business owners and year-round village residents who have secrets; an outsider from New York City who is intent on overseeing the completion of the construction of a new and modern hotel; a shadowy group of nefarious outsiders; and the local, dangerous wild animals.
The plot, laid out like the Summit Trail, has switchback-like twists and turns from which the reader gets tantalizing glimpses of parts of the action, but which the reader must hike completely before seeing the whole vista.
Rich Evans, the hotel manager from New York, resents having to be in the remote village, especially since everything around him keeps going horribly and menacingly wrong as he tries to get the hotel completed. He becomes aware that he is not only geographically isolated, but also socially isolated. The locals make sure he knows he is unwelcome because he is an outsider, and because he wants to enhance the tourist experience through modernization. He only has one apparent friend, Louise Newman, who feels like an outsider herself because of her secret mystical gift. Rich becomes increasingly worried as the locals’ resistance turns to outright antagonism, and violent incidents and gruesome murders get closer and more threatening.
According to her website, “D.K. Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, she now writes novels for both adults (Edge of Wild, The Intaglio Series, and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Ms. Stone can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.” (http://www.authordkstone.com/about).
Edge of Wild, 333 pages, soft cover, was published in 2016 by Stonehouse Publishing. It is available from Amazon, Chapters and other booksellers. The Ebook is available from iTunes.
D.K. Stone will be at The Word on the Street Lethbridge on September 24, 2016.