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The Last Hanging in Scots Bend
Peace. In the aftermath of the Civil War, everyone said they wanted peace, but in Scots Bend, a century old conflict between two families reignites and intensifies to a brutal climax just before the turn of the century. • Stash Harris avenges the deaths of his mother and father by the brutal murder of two men. His sentence is death by hanging. • Leland Cason, Stash Harris' uncle and the sheriff, fights to maintain order and protect his family. He is responsible for hanging his nephew. • The matriarch of the Greers, Julia, plots the demise of the Cason family and anyone who aligns with them. The Last Hanging in Scots Bend is a classic tale of rivalry, greed, mystery, jealousy, and murder. Beyond that, it is an examination of the randomness of fate, man's place in the natural world, and Christian dogma from the perspective of common men.
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Indie Reader

THE LAST HANGING IN SCOTS BEND opens with an incredibly evocative scene. Leland “Big Lee” Cason visits his family’s cemetery plots. As he visits members of his family, he reflects on the events of 1898. Before leaving the cemetery, Big Lee marks his tombstone with tomorrow’s date.

From that powerful opening, the story flashes back to 1898. John Brooks “Stash” Harris awaits sentencing for the murder of two men. His uncle, Big Lee, is sheriff and has to balance his duty to the community and to his kin. Their rivals, the Greers, gleefully await Stash’s sentencing and celebrate the verdict, death by hanging. The small town of Scots Bend staggers as all affected reflect and remember the events leading up to Stash’s crime, the potential aftermath, and their own contributions.

From the powerful opening to the explosive ending, THE LAST HANGING IN SCOTS BEND is an incredible read.

The story is told through the memories and recollections of a small pocket of humanity struggling to find peace in the aftermath of a war that nearly tore the nation in two. The two families, not content to merely exist, feud proudly. The Casons and the Greers are not the only families in the community of Scots Bend, but they might as well be.

Every event revolves around something the Casons did in response to an act the Greers inflicted upon them and vice versa. As the reader is thrust into this hectic world, they become like Stash haunted by the upcoming hanging and the events leading up to his rash actions. Rotating chapters focus on an important character which grants insight into the current events and Stash’s character.

These chapters read at times like inner monologues and others like journal entries, which work to draw the reader in. The characters are distinct and well-rounded with captivating writing. All of which combines in a contemplative look at faith, honor, family, and man’s place in a world shattered by war as it attempts to rebuild. THE LAST HANGING IN SCOTS BEND highlights a captivating examination of human nature in a time of upheaval.

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