The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren is a coming-of-age story that takes place in the 1970s and 1980s. Jason Lee Rainey’s father was a hero. The senior Rainey was a man who strongly believed in the Civil Rights movement and fought in Vietnam. He died when young Jason Lee was only eight months old. Living in Hadlee, Mississippi with his mother and uncle, Jason Lee must decide despite the anti-black sentiment that lingers if he will pursue a friendship with Samson Johnson. When he meets him at the school the first day, Samson bears the taunts and beatings from the other white children. Over time, Jason Lee learns more about his father, Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement and also that sometimes you have to work to make your world a better place.
In Troubleshooter by Rod Lindsey, Ezra Hooten is a U.S. Marshall with a reputation for doing what he has to do to take down the bad guy. Hoot has spent the better part of his career trying to catch his childhood best friend, Norman, a “scalp collecting psychopath.” They were bound by blood. Hoot and Norman both loved Donna in childhood. Donna went on to marry Norman which was a bad choice as he brutally killed her a year into their marriage. Hoot is determined to track Norman down and put him back in jail before he retires and follows Norman to a strip club where Donna’s doppelgänger, Angela, works. It seems Norman sees her as Donna reborn and is determined to kill her again. Can Hoot catch Norman and save Angela?