There are times when the truth invites evil, and there are times when the truth can get you killed. Few residents in the secluded mountain-town of Winston, Colorado, have kind words to say about local troublemaker Sean Coleman. He's a bully, a drunk, and a crime-show addicted armchair detective with an overactive imagination. After a night of poor judgment, Sean finds himself the sole witness to the unusual suicide of a mysterious stranger. With the body whisked away in the chilling rapids of a raging river, no one believes Sean's account. When his claim is met with doubt and mockery from the people of Winston, Sean embarks on a far-reaching crusade that takes him across the country in search of the dead man's identity and personal vindication. He hopes to find redemption and the truth---but sometimes the truth is better left unknown.
A lifelong Coloradoan, along with his wife and two children, John Daly graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in business administration and computer information systems.
With a thirst for creative expression that went beyond the logic and absolutes of computer programming, John developed an interest in writing.
He currently writes political, cultural, and media analysis columns for a national news website.
One of the first characters mentioned in the book is Moses Jones, the man who beat protagonist Sean Coleman in a game of eight-ball the night before. It's that loss that really sets the stage for the book. I came up with the name of that character several years ago. Imagine my surprise, not long after the book was published, when I began regularly seeing that name printed on flyers, in newspapers, and on marquee signs. I learned that Moses Jones is the name of a Colorado band that now performs in my city pretty often. They're quite popular these days.
From a Dead Sleep
One drink turned into many, and he soon lost fifty bucks to Moses Jones in a game of eight-ball. Sean couldn’t afford to lose that money. It was his lifeline, but he had beaten Moses in the past on numerous occasions and another Sean Coleman victory seemed like a sure bet. Moses must have been practicing.