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Death in a Small Town by H.V. Purvis

Second Wind Publishing
$12.95, hardcover / 4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-935171-59-1
September, 2014
Fiction: Mystery
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Returning to his hometown for his best friend’s funeral is the last thing former FBI field agent John Thomas wants to do. Not only was his friend murdered, but the town itself holds dark terrors that John has spent years avoiding. Summoning all his inner strength, John arrives in town to pay his respects, not knowing he will be drawn into the intrigue and implications surrounding the murder investigation.

Family, old friends, and acquaintances complicate the situation even further. Who is involved in the murder plot? Who can John trust? The answers are not as simple as they seem.

Hoyle Purvis, who writes under the name H.V. Purvis, was born in 1952 and reared in the country between High Falls and Bennett in central North Carolina. Raised in the country, he learned to raise animals, farm, handle guns, shoot, ride horses and spent many hours daily riding the trails around his home. His talents in music lead to an Associate in Arts degree in music from Sandhills Community College, a Bachelor in Arts in music education from Pfeiffer University and a Masters in music from Appalachian State University. After college, he worked as a church music director and taught high school chorus and theatre. In 1992, he left teaching and started Purvis Appraisals, a real estate appraisal business. He has three children from his first marriage. He considers them to be three of his best friends. He and Ally, his current wife, live on a small ranch in Scotland County adjoining forty-three thousand acres of State wildlife preserve. They have eleven horses, a faithful dog, an affectionate cat, some Guinea hens and a few chickens. They ride regularly on the wildlife preserve, at the beach, and in the mountains.

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