A Mystery Novel
By Joe wise
BASED ON HISTORIC FACTS: THE ONLY AMERICAN EVER CONVICTED OF CANNIBALISM!
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This exciting novel is based on actual events surrounding the trial of convicted murderer and cannibal Alfred Packer, the only American ever to be convicted of cannibalism.
On a spring day in 1874, a reporter for Harper's Weekly traveling with a surveying party on a wilderness road through a remote mountain valley in Colorado's San Juan mountains, wandered onto an abandoned campsite where he found the mutilated and rotting bodies of five men. Immediately a search began for Alfred Hammit (Packer), a hapless drifter and the sole survivor of the ill-fated prospecting expedition, suspected of murdering the five men and living off their bodies during the severe winter weather that had trapped them. Fascinated by the compelling details of this 120-year-old case, David Walton and his friend Jack Fuller team up to reinvestigate the mysterious events surrounding the prospectors' deaths and the two trials that led to Hammit's conviction. Before the end of what at first seems like an academic exercise, Walton and Fuller find themselves digging up graves, trailing a suspected drug dealer through the mountains and dealing with the murder of a local mine operator.
LIBRARY BOOKNOTES called it a "fascinating historical thriller." Tony Hillerman said: "People who love good writing are going to love CANNIBAL PLATEAU. Joe Wise is an artist with words--every sentence clear and true. A Winner!"
And...there's even been a movie and a musical (one of its creators is Trey Parker of BLAME CANADA fame) about the subject. Joe Wise's book gives another whole side to the subject!
JOE WISE, a physician and freelance writer, was born in Texas and has traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountain West. He has written for Military History of Texas and the Southwest, the Journal of the West, American History, Sunset, New Mexico Magazine and the Travel Section of The New York Times. CANNIBAL PLATEAU was judged Best Historical Novel at the 1995 Southwest Writers Workshop. He currently lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is working on his next novel. His second novel, IN THE MORO, was published by Western Reflections and won an Award for Fiction from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in 2000.
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