In this third book in the series, Jessica finds love with the president of a Swiss bottling company as they work together to build an important plant that brings much needed jobs to her northern Wisconsin community. But when he dies in India, she falls into a deep depression at the same time the bottling plant’s new managers damage the local water supply and hold her a virtual prisoner.
As she struggles to rebuild her life and find and a new place in the world, three of her former lovers are murdered, and all signs point to her as the killer. Hounded by the police, and abandoned by her friends, she must solve three problems: how to save the water plant and its jobs, find the killer of her lovers, and find a new love.
About the Author
I have two sets of books here. The first is an alternative history of the US, envisioning how things might have gone had the French prevailed in the French and Indian War. That series comes from some personal experiences. I have canoed sections of the Fox, and driven along its banks. I have followed the voyageur route from the Sault to Quebec and traveled from Green Bay to New Orleans by car and by boat. My wife and I have spent many happy days on Mackinac Island and in Door County. The Jessica Thorpe series is very different. It takes place in the tiny town of Amberg, Wisconsin, a place where I used to live. I began the series as a novel about a militia take over of the town, and it was initially called "Two Angry Men." But both men were predictable and boring. I had decided to have the story narrated by the town bartender - Jessica - and I soon realized she was the most interesting character in the book. She took over that book and became the lead in the Jessica Thorpe series. In book two I wanted to deal with balancing environmental rights and business rights. I put Jessica right in the middle of a real problem we are experiencing here in Wisconsin (and most other places). How badly does a tiny town need jobs? How much environmental damage should we accept? Book three continues the environmental question, but moves into issues of religious rights and same sex marriage. I am very concerned about seeing Christianity used to hurt people. Why does she go to Dubai in book 4? I spent a year teaching in Oman and wanted to reflect on that region and on my understanding of Islam. My daughter did two tours in Iraq, and my son did a tour in the Gulf, so this is important to me and my family. The resort I used for an inspiration in book 5 is now closed - again. Too bad. I proposed to my wife there. There is no history of human trafficking there, but it certainly exists elsewhere, even here in rural Wisconsin. I know people are working hard to stop it, and I salute them.