Murphy author, Wally Avett will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 3rd at 3 p.m. to present his mystery, Murder in Caney Fork. In his new book, Avett sets out the trial of the century following the tribulations of Wes Ross in a 1940’s Appalachian setting. A former marine commando in the Pacific islands during WWII, Wes is adjusting to his rural North Carolina home and learning to be a lawyer in his uncle’s law office. Wes, like his uncles, is a good man, the kind who takes up for the poor and downtrodden and values justice. When the backwoods Caney Fork storekeeper, Frog Cutshaw, rapes a married woman and murders her husband in broad daylight, it brings out the Bible Belt vigilante justice from the community: an eye for an eye, life for a life. Wes is caught in the middle as a participant in the killing of Frog Cutshaw. Soon one uncle is being tried for a murder he planned but did not commit and another uncle defends him, circumstances and witnesses threatening to convict the wrong man. Wes knows all too well who pulled the trigger of the 12-gauge pumpgun, and knows that the shooter could end up on Death Row. Wally Avett is a retired newspaperman, working many years as columnist and editor-in-chief for Cherokee Scout. To order a copy of his new book, call City Lights Bookstore 828-586-9499.