Criminal Lines with Brad Smith

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October 11, 2021 by Marguerite Ashton

When a deranged loner kills twenty-six people in a Pennsylvania schoolyard, the country is stunned and devastated. Among those catatonic with grief is Jo Matheson, an organic farmer who has lost her goddaughter in the shooting.

Sam Jackson, an egotistical right-wing TV talking head, has sliding ratings and faces imminent cancellation. He arrives in Pennsylvania and during a rant, he blames the parents of the dead children. He intends the tirade to be his last salvo but, incredibly, his ratings climb, while Jo watches from her farmhouse in upstate New York, incensed.

Sam rides the wave, shouting that it’s time to take the country back from the left-wing weaklings who don’t have the courage to protect their children. When he is asked to run for Congress, he accepts and amplifies his message. Watching these developments in horror, Jo finally decides that there actually is something she can do.

She kidnaps Sam’s ten-year-old daughter.

About Brad: Brad Smith lives in rural Ontario. The author of multiple novels, including “All Hat”, “One-Eyed Jacks”, “Rises A Moral Man”, “Busted Flush,” and “Big Man Coming Down The Road”, he has also worked as a farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and carpenter. As a screenwriter and film-maker, he adapted All Hat for a 2007 feature film starring Keith Carradine, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Luke Kirby, and wrote and directed the 2009 short, Fading Fast. Brad Smith lives in a seventy-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie. If you like the author whom Dennis Lehane calls “funny, poignant [and] evocative…” like his page!

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