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North Carolina Author Pens Historical Fiction Thriller


Charlotte, NC – June 13, 2007 – Author Fred B. McKinley through his publisher, PublishAmerica, based in Frederick, MD, has released a new historical fiction thriller titled –Devil’s Pocket – which chronicles the story of three families that twine and intertwine so fully that murder had to result.

Set in the rich, oil-producing region of Southeast Texas beginning in 1870, legend says that Devil’s Pocket, eerie and foreboding, is a place where lost souls wander throughout eternity; and the devil lives here still. The air is filled with the pungent odor of sulfur, gnarled oaks struggle to survive, and something like mist spews from the ground. Morgan Colebridge stoops, picks up a handful of soil, and knows this site is the answer to his prayers. Shaking the dirt from his fingers, he smells the greasy residue. There’s black gold here—no doubt! And he is going to own it—all he has to do is make a pact with Price Thornton, whom many demonize as Lucifer’s own, and then—marry Rachael Priest, the old man’s granddaughter.

G. A. Bixler, IP Book Reviewers, says:

“In an exciting historical adventure, Devil’s Pocket, Fred B. McKinley brings us sex and secrets during the times when black gold was the lure for men striving to make their fame and fortune. McKinley uses his knowledge and research for his earlier book, Black Gold to Bluegrass, a nonfiction account of the second Spindletop oil boom that occurred in 1925 in Beaumont, Texas. With this background, he has created a thrilling first novel that pulls readers into the time and feelings of those who lived and searched for the rich oil lands in early America. McKinley may have written the fiction; but readers will easily and quickly believe that all of the events could easily have been real.”

Bixler continues:

“Readers interested in historical fiction will find this a well-written, well-researched story of the time when black gold fever touched our lands. This reader is already looking for a McKinley sequel!”

About the author:

Fred B. McKinley lives with his wife Dottie in Charlotte, NC. His other books, both non-fiction, Black Gold to Bluegrass: From the Oil Fields of Texas to Spindletop Farm of Kentucky (co-authored with Greg Riley) and CHINQUA WHERE? The Spirit of Rural America, 1947–1955, garnered critical appraise.


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