The Whisper of Leaves

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No one remembers how the body of Josie Fortune was found deep inside Lues Creek Canyon twenty years ago. No one remembers how corrupt police officials framed an innocent man and handed the victim’s daughter into the state’s welfare system. No one remembers, no one but a ...

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Overview

In a southern Illinois college town where horror is carved in flesh and corruption knows no bounds, a young English professor with a shrouded past is about to learn higher education can be murder.

 

 

No one remembers how the body of Josie Fortune was found deep inside Lues Creek Canyon twenty years ago. No one remembers how corrupt police officials framed an innocent man and handed the victim’s daughter into the state’s welfare system. No one remembers, no one but a killer left to carve out a brutal legacy of torture and murder with absolute impunity in this rural southern Illinois college town.

 

 

When Josie Darling returns to Lues State to assume a teaching position and come to terms with her mother’s murder, she takes every precaution to hide her tainted past from her colleagues. But someone close remembers, and the shadows of history close in. Threats come, intimate promises of violence written in a desperately psychotic scrawl, invading every aspect of her life. Confronted by personal and professional jeopardy at every turn, Josie must face her terror and expose the identity of her mother’s killer—a killer who is now stalking her.

 

 

“If you think you can sleuth this thing, I’m afraid you’re in over your head,” warns a local investigator, but Josie’s stake in this case is all too personal and all the more immediate as she uncovers other murders. Her list of potential suspects includes her deranged ex-husband, her outlaw stepfather and any of his rogue clan, several manipulative Englishprofessors, and a host of corrupt local lawmen. 

 

 

Struggling against an unseen but ever-present enemy and with few allies to counsel her, Josie embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery. Using her well-honed research skills, the academic becomes the detective and sets out to recover her birthright. Josie transforms herself from tormented victim to relentless avenger as she takes on the intense willfulness of her namesake. But even her renewed strength of character may not help Fortune’s Darling save herself and find the elusive killer’s true identity in time, an identity heard only in the whisper of leaves.

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“Craig Smith proves he can hold the reade

“Smith delineates his large cast concisel

“[A] serial killer stalks a southern Illi

Publishers Weekly
In Craig Smith's The Whisper of Leaves, which has been revised since its U.K. publication under the title Silent She Sleeps (1997), a serial killer stalks a southern Illinois college town. When Professor Josie Darling returns to teach at Lues State 20 years after her mother's murder, she must contend with a lot more than the usual academic battles in this dark, cat-and-mouse thriller.
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A group of midwestern college students exploring remote Lues Creek Canyon discovers the corpse of a naked woman. Police chief Colt Fellows efficiently identifies the departed as trashy Josie Fortune and the killer as her no-account husband Jack Hazard. Twenty years later, English scholar DJ (Josie) Fortune, the murdered woman's daughter, returns to take a teaching position at Lues State. Raised by foster parents far from the scene of the crime, Josie has little knowledge of the murder or the incarceration of her father, who is back in society after serving his sentence. Nor is Josie, absorbed in her new teaching duties and English Department gossip, particularly curious. But the past comes calling in the form of anonymous threatening notes whose form and syntax match a message carved on the body of Josie's mother a generation ago. Josie pores over old newspapers, tracks down some of the witnesses, and consults Colt Fellows, who eventually discloses that Jack wasn't the killer after all. Thenceforth the plot takes surprising, albeit awkward, directions, each with its own collection of suspects. Jack lives as a mountain man with his brother Virgil, who at one point kidnaps Josie. Surviving lawmen from the old probe reveal hidden agendas. The students who found the body try to protect long-buried secrets. Even Josie's colleagues evince suspicious behavior and irrational grudges. Smith delineates his large cast concisely and writes with verve and style about campus life. But his unwieldy debut stretches credibility at every turn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809324804
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Craig Smith presently lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. He received a Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1988 and has been a professor at Arkansas State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Smith has published two novels in Europe. The Whisper of Leaves is his American debut.

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