Who is up for a murder mystery? Get ready to take a look into this great thrilling book.
John Riley Hubbard is a young farmer and part-time reporter in a small southern town. After the body of an Arab college student is found near his home, Hubbard reluctantly agrees to cover the grisly story for the local paper. When he discovers there is a surprising link from this crime to his father’s unsolved murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the killer’s identity. Since he was a child, Hubbard has been haunted by nightmares and suspicions that his father’s killer may be the man closest to him – his wealthy uncle.
As his investigation progresses, he must face mounting threats from an unseen adversary and managed his growing attraction to Maria, a young Latino woman who might be part of the conspiracy.
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Stephen Wilson’s Ten Fun Facts
1. I produced a commercial with singer Faith Hill.
2. I did dinner theater in venues in the south just out of college.
3. I had two staged readings of my screenplays at the American Film Institute’s Writer’s Workshop with aspiring SAG actors.
4. I have a daughter named Emma.
5. I have done various types of marketing writing throughout my career.
6. I produced a 26 episode TV series on home improvement called Home Remedies. It aired regionally.
7. My daughter (14) is an aspiring writer also.
8. The main character of the book is named after my grandfather – John Riley Hubbard.
9. I would love to live in Paris.
10. Like many other authors, I’ve taken certain elements of my life, enhanced them, spun them around and used them in this book.
IT WAS THE FLOWER GARDEN THAT DID MARIA IN. Hubbard agreed
to till up his mother’s old flower garden that had gone to seed for a
new garden. Maria, through Emily’s translation, had requested a
fun summertime activity.
Emily was a born salesperson. “It will teach me responsibility if I
water it every day. I need that bad.”
The flower garden was followed by an irrigation request for the
home’s vegetable garden.
Neither of the planting activities was unusual for a farm. That’s
not what drove Hubbard to act. What troubled Hubbard was that
Emily now referred to them as Maria’s flower garden and Maria’s
There was no time to waste. From his tractor, Hubbard called
Mr. Carlos and told him that Maria wasn’t working out. After his obligation
at the Tomato Festival, they had to find new work for her. Mr. Carlos
didn’t understand the connection between Maria and the annual
event, but he reluctantly agreed to look for a new opportunity for
Hubbard feared he would eventually screw up with her. She
was always within arm’s reach and he was too damned attracted to
her. Sometimes the pain of his growing desire made him feel like he was
burning alive. It made him want to drink to deal with it. That’s why
she had to go.
John Riley Hubbard: Channing Tatum
R.J. Hubbard: Bruce Willis
Maria: Mia Maestro or Genesis Rodriguez
Emily: Brianna Mazzola
Sheriff Toil: Bryan Cranston
Eddie: Rory Culkin
Mrs. Welsh: Meryl Streep (I can dream can’t I?)
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