Not every rural legend is just a legend....
You’ve heard of urban legends?
Come take a trip to the 1970’s in Dorris Bridge, and discover a
host of rural legends encircling this isolated small high desert
Northeastern California town.
A series of tragic hit-and-runs and a
thirty-year-old cold case disappearance plague a police chief
caught in small town politics, while his son winds his way
through his senior year of high school, dedicated to pranks,
partying and pursuing the new girl in town.
Chief of Police Randall Burgess and son Kyle
must also traverse a relationship strained by a decade-old
family tragedy. Randall and Kyle, who don’t exactly see the
world through the same lens, both get caught up in escalating
series of events as these rural legends and mysteries unfold
during the year, and eventually become intertwined.
Unexplained intensely bright lights and sounds
that appear every few generations; a renegade band of Basque
nomads in the desert; a polygamist cult; a haunted abandoned
mansion on a hill; - these all find their way into outer reaches
of Dorris Bridge.
Within these confines you’ll also find a
Paiute reservation; a Japanese internee who disappears at the
end of World War II; the state of Jefferson; 19th century
Ghostdancers; a suicidal disc jockey who can’t get enough of
Alvin and the Chipmunks; an over-abundance of saloons; and the
student body of Paiute High School.
Who is behind the hit-and-run tragedies? What
happened to Mitsou Nakamura? What is the meaning of the Lights
from the sky? What secrets lie in the mansion on the hill? Book
a ticket to Dorris Bridge, circa 1975-1976, and come see for
Dorris Bridge is a 446 page young adult
mystery also intended for older audiences. Authored by Clive
Riddle, the novel is available as a trade paperback for $19.95,
and as an e-book for $9.99. For a limited time, paperback orders
placed from this site are available signed by the author.
to order, or
for other locations where Dorris Bridge is available.
"Riddle constructs not only a taut and
fast-paced crime mystery with an unpredictable end, but
also a touching tale of the heart. The adult reader will
be satisfied by the extra dimension to the basic crime
storyline—flawed, humane characters caught up in the
dark web of relationships that inevitably end in
betrayal, revenge, and tragedy. The humanity will
resonate long after reading the book."
- ForeWord Clarion Reviews
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"Dorris Bridge captures the 1970s like
a Don McLean ballad, and the oddities of small-town life
like a Coen Brothers film."
- Ron Shinkman, Author of
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