Penal Fires



Edgy, psychological mystery about an ex-war protestor just out of prison who discovers a string of murders may be related to his father’s psychiatric research institute.

From the Publisher:

Set in Madison, Wisconsin, a city notorious for its history of violent Vietnam war protests, Penal Fires is a psychological mystery of murder, reconciliation, romance and revenge. John Hartway, paroled after ten years for war protest crimes, stumbles upon the tail end of a murder. Dismissing it as an isolated incident, he meets a mental patient who resembles the man Hartway saw murdered. A drive-by attempt on the second man’s life leads Hartway to a lethal blond, a powerful rival, a deadly prison cult, and more murders. All the evidence points to the psychiatric institute run by his father, but Hartway must overcome fraud, corruption, deceit, and the demons of his past to clear his father’s reputation and bring the culprits to justice.

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