In "Who Slew Bonnie Blue?," author Elbert Marshall writes a "tale of two cities" - flashing back in Book One to 1977 to explore the underbelly of Glamorgan when drugs, sex and X-rated videotapes were the city's criminal foundation. A new character emerges in John Wesley Parrish, who is the Gazette's crime reporter. Parrish finds himself walking a tightrope with the "wrong crowd" - to include penning a movie script entitled "The Xanhedrin Rhapsody" for porno king, Jackson Brown Black, a.k.a. Blackjack; and writing the novel, "Fallen Angel: The True Story of Bonnie Blue," after Miss Blue is convicted of murder and sentenced to prison.
In Book Two, Marshall flashes forward to 2010. Bonnie Blue has served her prison sentence and returns to Glamorgan seeking redemption for her sinful acts. When she is found murdered at a local motel, the Gazette newsroom is abuzz. The new city editor, Evan Parris, assigns his crime writer, Norma Rae Smithers, to interview John Wesley Parrish, who still resides in Glamorgan County and is a successful sci-fi fantasy writer. Parrish commits to an interview - with one condition: Parrish wants Norma Rae to bring Evan and his mother, Penny, with her for the interview. Meanwhile, Detectives Mudd and Pitts stumble on a possible connection between older police department detectives and the 1977 murder case. They begin piecing the puzzle together - right up to a fatal shootout in a cemetery that will leave readers wondering, "What the Hell!"
After nearly two years since publishing "Nomad," Elbert Marshall continues the "Glamorgan Mystery Series" with another whodunit, "Who Slew Bonnie Blue?." The series began with the publication of "Plotz" in 2011, which was co-authored with Sandy Bruney. Marshall is a former newspaper sportswriter, reporter and editor; therefore, he relies on his 29 years of experience in the newspaper trade to allow the reader a glimpse at the inner workings of the editorial side of the print business. In 1994, he left newspapering to become the executive director of the Anson County (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce, where he served until his retirement in December 2005. In 2001, he partnered with Chamber co-worker Sandy Bruney to form Marshall Bruney Media Consultants, a website development and multimedia consulting firm, until December 2009. He and his wife, Carla, reside in Concord, N.C.
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