It’s All Just a Show…Right? Just Hollywood theatrics? “This is an authentic old west ghost town, son. Around these parts the dead don’t stay dead.” Nick Caden’s vacation at Deadwood Canyon Ghost Town takes a deadly turn toward trouble when the fourteen-year-old finds himself trapped in a livery stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and… vanishes.
Great theatrics, Nick thinks, except now he’s alone in the hayloft with the bullet-riddled body of Billy the Kid. And by the time the sheriff arrives, the body disappears. Soon Nick is caught in a deadly chase—from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, and across Rattlesnake Gulch. Around every turn he finds another suspect. Will Nick solve the murder? Will his parents have him committed? Or will the town’s infatuation with Hollywood theatrics conceal the real truth about souls, spirits and the destiny that awaits those who die.
Nick Caden’s family vacation to an Old West reenactment ghost town takes a troubling turn when Nick stumbles across the bullet-riddled body an actor playing the role of Billy the Kid. Nick insists the local marshal investigate but when the deputy visits the hayloft
they find no body and no evidence of a crime. Now this fourteen-year old teen with shaggy bangs and a sharp wit sets out to solve the murder. As Nick interviews the town’s main characters, “Jessie James,” “Wyatt Earp,” and “Annie Oakley,” he finds evidence of real ghosts, spirits and witchcraft: and this from an unlikely source – the Bible. While Nick struggles to find Billy the Kid’s killer, he wonders if there is more to this living and dying business than we see. If the Bible is right, if he really is body, spirit and soul what happens when he gives up the ghost? His decision could change his life… forever.
Eddie Jones is a North Carolina-based writer and Acquisition Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He is a three-time winner of the Delaware Writers Conference and his Young Adult novel, The Curse of Captain LaFoote, won the 2012 Moonbeam Award in the Pre-Teen Fiction/Fantasy category and 2011 Selah Award in Young Adult fiction. Dead Man’s Hand, the first book in the Caden Chronicles mystery series, is now available from Zonderkidz.
He co-writes the He Said, She Said devotions, available at ChristianDevotions.us. His latest adult novel, Bahama Breeze, is a humorous romantic suspense available from Harbour Light Books. Eddie’s recent devotional book, My Father’s Business: 30 Inspirational Stories for Discerning and Doing Gods Will, features Biblical insights and practical applications from the lives of Jeremy Lin, Bruce Wilkerson, George S. Patton, and more.
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