The Mystery Writer: What secrets are buried in Lost Side of an Orphan’s Moon?
May 15, 2020
I am excited to introduce the third book in The Boom Town Saga at a special price of 99 cents.
His story is one that has haunted me for a long time.
It happened during the East Texas Oil Boom in my hometown of Kilgore.
After all these years, his story has finally found life, forming the emotional backbone of my new novel, Lost Side of An Orphan’s Moon, the third book in The Boom Town Saga.
It’s a mystery.
As I wrote about the book:
An oil boom has broken the back of the Great Depression. A small East Texas town is awash with new names and new faces, and no one knows whose eyes belong to the man who carried a lovely fancy dancer from the ballroom of a Sporting House into the darkness of a rainy night and killed her.
Was it a crime of passion? Did she reject him?
Was it someone from her past?
Or was he as unfamiliar as the next roustabout or drifter walking the streets?
A preacher has set up the tent for his traveling Love and Salvation Show on the road beside the courthouse. A strange hunchback with a voice of doom casts an uneasy shadow across the town. Where did he come from? Nobody knows.
Men are spending their hard-earned money with dime-a-dance girls, looking for love, a wife, or something more sinister. Everyone has a secret. Whose secret sent the lovely Louise Fontaine to a muddy grave?
And who is the small boy who stepped off the train with a paper note attached to his coat that said: My name is Ollie Porter. My daddy is Oliver Porter. He works in the oilfields. Does anyone know where he is? Is the boy connected to the fancy dancer or, perhaps, the killer? Or is he just a waif in search of a home?
The true story is just as mysterious.
The boy was a fresh face in the midst of strangers, a new face chilled by the rains, and the rains showed no sign of ever stopping.
He stepped from the train, lost and alone.
He had been that way for a long time.
He was only nine years old.
I found his story on the back page of a Kilgore newspaper printed in 1932.
The pages were yellowed.
The words were fading.
The story had already faded.
The story was gone.
And I grieved for the boy.
The newspaper story was a short one.
An afterthought, maybe.
Newspaper layouts always had a little hole from time to time.
Some reporter filled it.
He wrote of a frightened little boy who shyly stepped off the train and into mud that was piled ankle-deep on Kilgore’s streets.
On the boy’s jacket was a tag, and on it, someone had written the lad’s name and the name of his daddy.
His fare had paid his way to Kilgore.
He would go no farther.
And he had no idea where to do next, surrounded by strangers and faces he had never seen before.
His mama had packed him up like a suitcase and sent him for hundreds of miles down an endless railroad track to find his daddy.
His daddy was working in the oilfield.
That’s all his mama knew.
His daddy could feed him.
She was penniless and destitute.
The boy’s only hope was to find his daddy.
In Lost Side of an Orphan’s Moon, I write the fictional account of a lost boy on an oilfield town’s street.
In every piece of fiction, there is always a nugget of truth.
Please click HERE to find Lost Side of an Orphan’s Moon on Amazon.