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.
When writing this scene, I originally described the old security guard as acting as if he had just woke up "from a dead sleep." Right after I typed those words, I found myself staring at the phrase and thinking it was significant. Up until that point (a chapter away from the end of the book), I had no title in mind for this novel. Upon seeing the words typed on my computer screen, however, I was sure I had just found it. "From a Dead Sleep" embodies several characters in this book who feel lost in life until particular events force them to rise above themselves. It also characterizes the unknown story of the dead man that puts Sean Coleman on a path to redemption.
From a Dead Sleep
I spin to see the old security guard’s head swinging back and forth in confusion, like he just woke up from a nap. He hasn’t a clue who she’s ratting out, but he fumbles for his holster anyway.