And they also threw this in my face, they said,
Anyway, you know good and well
It would be beyond the will of God
And the grace of a king.
- Jimi Hendrix, “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)”
Beyond the Will of God is a mystery coming out in Summer 2012. It ain't your run of the mill whodunit, though. Somehow everyone forgot all those conspiracy theories and weird coincidences that kept popping up in the late Sixties and all through the Seventies. More than anything, the music of folks like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, and The Allman Brothers (even The Beatles and Elvis if you were paying attention) spoke to something deep and wild in each of us. Do you remember?
Beyond the Will of God brings you back to that place, and offers a great deal of whacky ideas and provocative characters all related to a series of murders that take place in central Missouri during the heat of summer when the insects are buzzing and the air is thick with possibility once again.
Here's how the book opens:
Journal Entry 1397: Cecil Miller
I found it on a number of bootleg recordings first, but there are a few examples of it on studio works as well – all from groups who understand what is possible. On the live recordings, you hear it best. There’s a certain moment where something happens with the music and everything comes together. You have to know what to listen for, though, or you won’t experience it.
I was required to delete the rest of this prologue due to my agreement with Amazon in their KDP Select program. For what it's worth, buy the book. It's worth it. Just click the cover near the top of the page and you'll be taken to the Amazon page.
This novel will be independently published through Amazon's Kindle system over the summer and then more widely distributed in the Fall. If all is successful, a paper print version will be ready by Christmas. You can still buy Kindle books and read them on your computer or iPad or smartphone. Check out Amazon's Free Apps online.
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