Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

In the Works

Southard-3aMy fourth novel, Cracks in the Wall,  was released in early summer, 2016. This suspenseful story about a young mother stabbed to death on Mothers’ Day, 1992 features the popular detective, Parker Havenot. When the murder takes place in his quiet hometown of Hampton Village, Connecticut, he assumes control of the investigation, which at first appears to be a “slam-dunk” case, as his colleagues call it. However, all is not what it seems. The victim, Linda Phillips, was leading an interesting life since filing for divorce months before her death, providing Parker with a number of viable suspects. Watch for a surprising twist or two as the story unfolds.

A short story based in this novel was selected as finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards in 2016, resulting in an invitation and participation in the Literary Awards Masters Two-day Workshop following the Festival.

My writing part of the work on Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, a true story about a yet unsolved gruesome murder that happened in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, in May of 2009 has come to a halt with the arrest, trial, and conviction chapters yet to be written. There seems to be no progress toward a resolution of this case, even after almost eight years. This lack of progress is, in my opinion, a crime in itself, but that is another story.

The fourth Detective Parker Havenot novel (working title- Prohl’s Revenge) is well under way with a target of late summer for first draft completion.

My memoir about growing up with a “Greatest Generation” father in the halcyon days of prosperity following World War II in also a work in progress.

Stayed tuned for more information on all of my projects!



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