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Murder of the Prodigal Father

A Murder Mystery

A philandering son returns home to bury his father, only to find he cannot bury his father's womanizing legacy. 


When Air Force crew chief Connor Pierce returns home for his estranged father's funeral, he hopes it will put an end to the legacy of cheating that haunts his own life--domestic unrest finds him at a family event without his wife and children. It's a trait he inherited despite the damage it caused during his own childhood.


As he uncovers the scandalous family secrets that led to his father's death, Connor stumbles closer to lustful abandon with his old flame, locks horns with the local law and ultimately finds himself targeted by the ruthless killer.


Can Connor come to grips with his father's legacy of lust, before the murderer catches up with him?


Mark Wm Smith

Author of Mystery & Suspense

An overeducated, blue-collar cowboy, I grew up on along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Eastern Montana. Raised by a long haul trucker and a bartending waitress, I learned the hard ways of the modern frontier, scraping life from the unforgiving high chaparral.


On occasion, I lived down the street from the last whorehouse in the West, spit dust from the end of a trail drive and stood beside the hardened lawmen facing down anarchist rebels. My stories are composites of people he knows, exaggerated by the thrills of a good tale.                                                                                     Read more...