The Past Is Never Deadby David Schulman
The predicament, as it turns out, is both more and less dire than it first appears. The man has no intention of
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Middle-aged shrink David “Gritz” Goldberg is enjoying lunch one day when he receives a message to hurry to the historic Battery Park Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, where an unidentified man is preparing to leap to his death.
The predicament, as it turns out, is both more and less dire than it first appears. The man has no intention of jumping. He is T Royal, Gritz’s childhood caretaker, back in Asheville after a long absence to live out his retirement. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, since his return, T has been plagued by the ghost of Mordecai Moore, a young black man put to death sixty-five years earlier for a murder he didn’t commit.
In 1939, a girl was killed at the hotel just prior to President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit to Asheville during a Southern campaign swing. T was with Moore that night and knew he didn’t do it but couldn’t testify because of the racial climate of the time.
Working from the same office where Zelda Fitzgerald once shared secrets with her own psychiatrist, Gritz and T form an unlikely duo. They stumble across dirty history involving members of Gritz’s own synagogue, as well as locals connected to Willard Dudley Paully, the head of a group of Nazi sympathizers known as the Silver Shirts. Eventually, Gritz finds himself set up to take a murder rap. That is, until the mystery leads him to a corrupt senator, a red hot shiksa nurse, a séance led by a massage therapist, a mute old lady with computer skills, and a local salvage company that may have changed the course of world history.
The Past is Never Dead introduces a reluctant, quirky sleuth unlike any other. Readers will enjoy searching out the real-life parallels in Asheville, a town equal parts historic and New Age.
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Meet the Author
“When I was in retailing for a third of my life, I was known as the ‘Bearded Wonder’ for my advertisements, bringing the public exceptional deals on men’s and women’s clothing and Reeboks while having fun doing so. As a writer, I wish to bring to the reader meaningful ways of looking at the world in a playful manner, a sort of Bearded Wonder honoring both history and its folly, tackling the issues both seriously and with irreverence.”
David Schulman wrote his first book at the age of seven. The book, Blind Justice, was about a group of animals that lived in Animal Town. He describes it as a story of the real world, of the good asses versus the bad asses. However, he put his writing aside as he grew into an adult. Schulman owned David’s Stores and Boo Boo’s Outlets from 1971 until 1991. After selling his small chain of retail stores in western North Carolina, he graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 with a BA in liberal studies and became a full-time freelance writer. He has won the North Carolina Press Club’s Best Personal Columnist of the Year Award twice and is a frequent contributor to Our State magazine. Schulman has also served on the Asheville Citizen-Times advisory editorial board as well as the paper’s President’s Circle. His short fiction won an award from Creative Loafing in 2002. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Denissa, and has two children.
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