Fool Gone Missing

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About the author:
Joe McCray is seventy years old. Some might think this is an age where one really shouldn't be launching a writing career. But maybe it's a better time. His has been a long life - a long, eventful, and revealing life. Maybe others could have come across what he did without living it, but, if that is so, there seems to be a value in actually doing it.

His most important years were spent in San Francisco - forty of them. The center of those years was his thirty-five years as a practicing trial lawyer, beginning April Fool's Day, 1971, and ending in January of 2005. It was on the latter date that the California State Bar placed him on "inactive" status. At that point, he and his wife returned to the Portland, Oregon, area, where they had attended high school. There, they took over a failing little farm and took to raising two Labrador pups. Finding farming very hard and hunting season short, he began to spend some time mulling over and writing about his practice as fiction. After all, being in San Francisco from 1965 until 2005 was like trying to enjoy a good bottle of wine and some pasta in the middle of a battlefield.

Fool Gone Missing

Authored by Joe McCray

Unaware, and therefore not caring, that anyone
occupied the universe but himself, Grant "Dash"
Jennings was clever enough to succeed in California. But there were others. and they were changing the world in which Jennings thrived. Among these were two victims of Jennings' schemes: Gerald Mann, a politically astute San Quentin inmate and Roy Lindstrom, Mann's monkish lawyer. More dangerously, there were also two San Francisco trial lawyers-Daniel Dermot O'Neil and Joe Cleary- who hailed from Butte, where being tough was a quality that transcended anything Dash Jennings could imagine.

Jennings' evil and ultimately desperate schemes cut a destructive swath from one end of California to the other. The instrument of that destruction was Jennings' reliable killer, Clem DeFoe. Even DeFoe, with his special skills, was thwarted by the guys from Butte. Arrogantly, Jennings tried to save his crippled gubernatorial campaign by dispatching DeFoe to murder his antagonists. It wasn't his last mistake but it was the most foolish.
Oh, and there was someone else-a brown-skinned teacher and union leader running against Jennings for Governor. The ancestors of Bamba
Priata in California went back in time longer than the forebears of Jennings or most any Anglo. It was a time of change in a place that nurtured change.

Ultimately, Dash Jennings' rottenness failed him and he had to run. But he was caught and-fool that he was-rejoined DeFoe.

Publication Date:
0983774846 / 9780983774846
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Legal

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