Who murdered James Williams, a successful businessman and pillar of Derrick, Oklahoma? The Chief of Police wants to know. Frank Williams, his son, wants to know, too. In fact, Frank, even though he’s not a trained detective, investigates and eventually discovers evidence that leads to the governor’s office. Considering the governor was a close personal friend of James, has someone planted evidence to implicate him?
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My first novel, "The File on Thomas Marks," was a mystery that featured two detectives investigating the murders of two women. Since I enjoyed writing that mystery, I wanted to write another. However, "A Killing in Oklahoma" is different. Instead of following two detectives in their investigation, I follow the victim's son's investigation. Eventually, he discovers evidence that leads to the accused. The mystery includes the trial, which is a first for me and which I enjoyed writing.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Before I started writing this mystery I knew I wanted to feature a prominent family who lived in a small town in Oklahoma. I also knew I wanted to have a member of the family to do the primary investigation. I also knew I wanted to include the trial of the accused. Then I came up with the major characters–the father (victim), the mother, the son (he does the investigation), and the son's uncle (his father's brother).
The man lowered to the ground and gently placed the rifle next to him. He glanced to his left and noticed the evening sky growing darker. He checked his watch.
The target should be at the house by now, he thought.
The man picked up the rifle and inserted the clip. Then he got into position and aimed the rifle at one of the windows. The scope was off slightly, so he adjusted it.
Perfect, he thought.
The man waited patiently.
Bentley Turner has written several short stories that have been published in literary journals and in the collection, "The Prize Winners and Other Stories," which was published earlier in 2022. His first mystery, "The File on Thomas Marks," was published in 2021. "A Killing in Oklahoma," his second mystery, was just published.
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