|DRUGS, CRIMES AND THE END OF INNOCENCE—THE MURDER OF A WEALTHY YOUNG WOMAN SPARKS A BACKLASH AGAINST THE HIPPIE COMMUNE THAT HAS RECENTLY ARRIVED IN BLACK RIVER FALLS
A hippie commune has invaded Black River Falls.
While the majority of the townspeople believe that the bohemians have a right to stay—despite how bizarre some of their ways can seem—as always there is a minority that constantly accuses them of everything from criminal activities to Satanism. As usual, lawyer and private investigator Sam McCain finds himself in the middle of the controversy, especially when the teenage daughter of Paul Mainwaring, one of the town’s wealthiest men, is found murdered in the commune’s barn. A deeply troubled young man (and Vietnam vet) named Neil Cameron is immediately charged with the crime but Sam has serious doubts.
In this lively and atmospheric new mystery novel, Ed Gorman offers readers his richest portrait yet about Black River Falls and its people.
“Social turmoil overshadows the sleuthing in Gorman’s excellent ninth Sam McCain mystery . . . The real crime, as Sam eventually realizes, is how one generation exploits the next—while the younger generation devours itself." —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW:
“The darkness in Gorman's novels is always uncomfortably real and ordinary. Sam McCain is Gorman's most compassionate and endearing character, and Bad Moon Rising is another triumph in an already extraordinary career.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
"While unwinding a complex mystery, Sam McCain blends pathos and humor with his edgy social commentary and makes us all take a long look at ourselves back when." —The Criminal Element