DEAD RECKONING

Book One in the Canaan's Crossing Southern Mystery Series
By Steffan Oxenrider

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Dead Reckoning Novel

"Beautifully written by a well seasoned soul. There’s something so genuine and real about this author’s content. DEAD RECKONING is immersive and has such a warm essence with nostalgic flavor. A definite must read."

 

-Jen Figueroa-

Richmond Hill, Ga

On a moonlit night in November of 1973 commercial fisherman Captain Alonzo Smith and his first mate striker Bones pull up a dead body in their shrimp net in southern Blanding County, GA just south of Savannah. Thus begins a colorful tale of intrigue, thick Southern culture, beguiling characters, misguided trust, and mystery in the small coastal Georgia town of Canaan’s Crossing. Narrow creeks, marshes, swamps, and small hammock islands dot the landscape of this picturesque, historic hamlet, rife with Native American, Revolutionary, and Civil War history. Canaan’s Crossing holds secrets, sordid tales, and the ghosts of many residents, both temporary and permanent.

From the local shrimpers who see an opportunity to get into the “import” business as a sideline, to the enterprising local characters, many have motives and all have their own particular interests at heart. The personalities of the locals and their “schemes” perpetuates an environment that is sometimes hazy, quirky, with folks unsure at times where reality begins and ends, and the locals aren’t shy about telling their stories at the corner stores where they congregate.

Giant, stately oaks dripping with moss, palm trees, palmettos, Spanish bayonets,

and the tidal waters have been host to many capers, some above board, many not. When most folks are into “under the table activities” and everyone is “in deep” with everyone else, it seems it's hard to trust anyone around Canaan’s Crossing. In this small coastal town dollars are hard to come by so most do whatever it takes, and ultimately, someone paid the highest price by getting in another’s way at the wrong place, wrong time. Perhaps they saw something they shouldn’t have, perhaps they were hiding something or knew too much, but in the end they paid dearly.

 

Secrets are a rare commodity in this borough where everyone knows everyone else, and along these sultry and beautiful coastal waters, if you can’t speak for yourself, you can’t tell tales. Inevitably some folks learn this the hard way as the dirt roads and narrow creeks around Canaan’s Crossing can sometimes dead end in a sinister fashion and it's up to the prodigious Sheriff Gage Blackwood to find the killer.

Reviews

DEAD RECKONING is a brilliant debut novel. Oxenrider’s prose is as engrossing as his well-developed characters; rich, vibrant, and satisfying. This fast-paced series opener will leave you at once content and desperate for the next book in the series. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

 

Justin B. Long, author of The Adventures of the Horse Doctor’s Husband 

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About the Author

Steffan writes inspired fiction and non-fiction within multiple formats: novel, screenplay, poetry, short story, and essays. He’s currently based out of Georgia. His themes include cultural pursuits and how diverse groups interact, spirituality & faith, the paranormal, mysticism, self-discovery, and even hints of "magical realism" among others. He enjoys exploring the unknown and stresses in his writings via colorful characters and settings that there are possibilities beyond what we envision on the surface of our everyday lives. His characters are uniquely portrayed with a southern charm, but at the same time very mindful of an all-encompassing worldview, including players from all walks of life.

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