SUMMER OF THE GUNS
By Justin Daniel Herman
Journeying west to flee a troubled past, twelve-year old Billie Jean Moran and her sister find themselves embroiled in yet another ordeal—this time a scandal that implicates even the Arizona governor.
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In the desolate cityscape of Depression-era Phoenix, twelve-year old Billie Jean Moran has journeyed west to flee a troubled past with her deaf sister, Sara. But they find themselves in the midst of another catastrophe—this time involving a scandal that implicates even the Arizona governor. When political crooks peg Billie’s African-American father as an unsuspecting fall guy, Billie and Sara are forced to go into hiding. In the course of their ordeal, the sisters find unlikely allies in the form of a broken-down ex-insurance salesman, a juvenile delinquent, and a prison nurse. Through bravery and cunning, Billie, Sara, and their friends bring the real criminals to justice and triumph over fear, discrimination, and injustice.
Justin Daniel Herman is a retired insurance executive and vocational evaluator who grew up in Depression-era Phoenix. The novel is based on his memories of the Phoenix he grew up in and the scandals that rocked the state. His historian son, Daniel Herman, edited and revised the manuscript prior to publication.
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