After making his mark as an award-winning author of Western novels, Noblesville author Larry Sweazy has returned to the genre which started it all – mystery.
Sweazy, who won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Short Story (2005), the Best Book of Indiana Award (2011) and the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Western Fiction (2011) for his popular Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series, is publishing his first modern-day mystery novel.
“The Devil’s Bones” will receive national distribution on March 7 and will be available in all major and independent bookstores, and through online outlets such as Amazon.com. It will be published by Five Star.
The story is set in fictional Dukaine, Ind., where a late summer drought drains a pond, and a small skeleton turns up in the mud. The townsfolk believe they are the bones of Tito Cordova, an 8-year-old boy and son of a female migrant worker, who had disappeared 19 years earlier.
Sweazy is the author of four previously published novels in the award-winning Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series for Berkeley. He actually began writing this book before taking a detour with the series.
“This just took awhile to find a publisher,” explained Sweazy of “The Devil’s Bones.” “So, actually, I had to switch modes from mysteries to Westerns.
“But all of my Josiah Wolfe novels have a mystery in them, so, I haven’t really swayed that much from my origins. A mystery is a perfect vehicle for me to tell the stories I want to, and have to – where the time frame is modern day or 1875.”
The fifth Josiah Wolfe novel, “The Coyote Tracker,” is scheduled for release in August, and the sixth, “The Gila Wars,” in May 2013, which Sweazy is wrapping up now.
“The future of the series is undecided at the moment,” he said. “I should know if the publisher plans to carry on with it in a few months, and I’ll make my decision then whether I want to carry on with it as well.”
Breakout: Book signings
- Larry Sweazy will be signing books at the following locations:
- March 14, 5-8 p.m. – Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 17090 Mercantile Blvd., Noblesville.
- March 17, 1-4 p.m. – Mudsock Books & Curiosity Shoppe, 11850 Allisonville Rd., Fishers.
By Zach Dunkin