The dead appear to walk in Monteray.
Mr. Hancock's body has returned home via train in a small, flat-land town. No one awaits its arrival, and the name has become near forgotten.
Young Ian Washington remembers Mr. Hancock, seeing the man briefly one night as a boy visiting country tombstones, a night which stands out more than any memory of his uprooted youth. For amidst those headstones, he witnessed a deep, black stone shine and heard a hum which still resonates at times when he closes his eyes.
Convinced the stranger's body deserves its peace in that family cemetery, Ian takes it upon himself to discover a way to return Mr. Hancock home. Before he learns how, a strange thief drags Mr. Hancock's body during a week's worth of mornings to locations that define Monteray's history: the renovated bed and breakfast, the burned ruins of the town's movie theater, the lone smokestack doomed to be knocked to the earth.
Suspicions rise that the dragging is more than a typical vandal's handiwork, unsettling a populace unprepared for dark rumors that threaten their sense of peace. Thus with the aid of a funeral proprietor and a notorious drunk turned preacher, Ian Washington chases Mr. Hancock's trail hoping to give the body rest before the town's growing unease leads to more than fearful whispers.
The more they uncover, the more they begin to doubt that mortal man works behind Mr. Hancock's plight.
While meanwhile each night, Mr. Hancock's body lays silent and helpless while events drag it into the stinging light of day.
Mr. Hancock's Signature is the debut novel of Brian S. Wheeler. Set in the fictional county of Monteray, Mr. Hancock'sSignature illuminates how the winds that blow unimpeded through the flatlands bring magic and hope into the lives of characters seeking second chances and redemption. Brian S. Wheeler lives in Illinois, and the people, geography and places of the rural setting inspire his work.
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Many books rely on their characters finding adventure as they leave home and explore a far away land. Wheeler does the opposite. He invites his readers to explore the magic and mystery underneath the surface of the simple and everyday. This is where Wheeler’s books shine. After reading his books I did not find myself day dreaming of far away lands filled with adventure, but re-imagining my own life with wonder. I grew up in a small town and left home to find adventure. I have traveled the world and lived overseas. Though I have read books that speak to this kind of adventure, Wheeler’s books speak to me in ways that these other books can’t. My memories of small town life will be forever enchanted. Wheeler says it best when he describes this land as “a realm of wide horizons where myth and magic waft across the landscape to peek into the corners of a reader’s eyes.” Read his books!