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The Lies That Bind by Ed Protzel

The Lies That Bind

by Ed Protzel

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Praise for The Lies That Bind: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1

"The Lies That Bind is a stunning opening in the DarkHorse Trilogy by Ed Protzel, a gripping tale for fans of Southern fiction, and a story of deceit, slavery, and dangerous complicities. The trickster Durksen Hurst returns to Mississippi after being away for a long time and after leaving a very disgraceful legacy. He is broke and he wants to make things better this time around. He finds the opportunity when he discovers a group of slaves hiding in the wilds, hungry and desperately seeking a livelihood. He convinces them to start a plantation with him. But this venture doesn’t come as good news to many people, especially the widow, Mrs. French, and her son, Devereau. Conflict becomes inevitable and it builds up pretty fast with the arrival of the enigmatic Antoinette DuVallier, seeking her missing son. The reader is pulled into a world of deceit, greed, and lies.

Ed Protzel is a gifted storyteller and readers will enjoy the setting he has created for this impassioned story, a world where slavery is a gruesome reality and where the value of human life could be traded for a morsel of bread. The story is conflict-driven and readers will love the protagonist, a man who is motivated and determined to right his wrongs. The pacing is great and the narrative voice is light and friendly, coming across compellingly through the tight and well-crafted prose. The Lies That Bind features very powerful themes masterfully written into the story, like slavery, family, and what it took to survive in the harsh world of the racial South in the 1850s. The historical elements of the story are strong and the reader’s imagination is filled with vivid images from the lyrical writing."

- Readers' Favorite (5 Stars; Sept. 2017)


"The action and drama are compelling from the first page to the exciting conclusion. Highly recommended, and I am anxious to read the next installment."
- Historical Novel Society Magazine, Issue 77 (August 2016)


"...deftly crafted and consistently compelling....strongly recommended for community library Historical Fiction collections."
- Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, Vol 15, July 2016


"... an entertaining and complexly plotted pre-Civil War novel about fairness and decency versus slavery and greed."
- Terry Baker Mulligan, author of Afterlife in Harlem


"...Here’s a novel that entertains with its gamesmanship: The central conceit of playing chess requires careful attention, but attention that doesn’t require the reader to burn brain cells."
- Dick Friedrich, professor, editor, author


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Appearances/Coverage

Ed is happy to speak to groups, attend an author event at bookstores, or provide background for articles, interviews or book reviews. See Contact page. Download The Lies That Bind sell sheet.

Shown above: Ed discusses The Lies That Bind and the historical context at readings at Left Bank Books and Subterranean Books in St. Louis. 

Watch Ed's interview with Left Bank Books staff, discussing Faulkner, fiction and writing.

Ed talks novel and screenplay writing and his Hollywood experience with David Alan Binder.

Direct from Scotland: Q&A with Ed Protzel at AuthorsInterviews.

Interview on LA Talk Radio's "The Writer's Block"


Read the June 17-30, 2016, feature in St. Louis' West End Word: "The Lies That Bind: U. City's Ed Protzel embarks on first book of his Dark Horse trilogy."

Photo courtesy: photographer Ursula Ruhl, West End Word.

Photo courtesy: photographer Ursula Ruhl, West End Word.


Ed is featured in the The Mississippi Link on Feb. 4, 2016, during Black History Month.

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