The Lies That Bind – DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1

The Lies That Bind
270 Pages
ISBN 978-0692591888

An atmospheric Southern Gothic mystery like no other. Broke and despondent, trickster Durksen Hurst returns to Mississippi seeking redemption for his disreputable past — and maybe some glory. When he encounters a dozen hungry slaves hiding in the wilds, he persuades them to build a plantation with him — a scheme that will threaten the town’s dominant family: the brilliant, mad Widow French and her tortured son, Devereau. When Antoinette DuVallier, a mysterious woman from New Orleans with unknown ties to the Frenches, arrives desperately seeking her missing boy, long-buried secrets are exposed that tear asunder the once-sleepy hamlet.

As the tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved — indeed, on what it means to be human. Available in print and Kindle editions.

Ed Protzel

About Ed Protzel (St. Louis, Missouri Author)

Ed Protzel

Ed Protzel has authored four novels published by TouchPoint Press: Historical novels THE LIES THAT BIND, HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS, SOMETHING IN MADNESS (DarkHorse Trilogy, centering on the friendship between abolitionist Durksen Hurst and a group of black men, from 1859-65) ; and THE ANTIQUITIES DEALER, suspense thriller in which a risk-averse gallery owner is seduced by his enigmatic former lover into a quixotic quest to clone Jesus Christ. Ed has an M.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Find him at: