Ed Protzel

Genre-stretching novelist — Author of darkly ironic thrillers


The Lies That Bind


Long-buried secrets in a Mississippi hamlet dominated by a reclusive widow are uncovered when a scheming drifter returns and, with the help of a dozen fugitive slaves, builds a competing plantation.
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Broke and despondent, trickster Durksen Hurst returns to Mississippi seeking redemption for his disreputable past — and maybe some glory. When he encounters a dozen hungry slaves hiding in the wilds, he persuades them to build a plantation with him — a scheme that will threaten the town’s dominant family: the brilliant, mad Widow French and her tortured son, Devereau.

When Antoinette DuVallier, a mysterious woman from New Orleans with unknown ties to the Frenches, arrives desperately seeking her missing boy, long-buried secrets are exposed that tear asunder the once-sleepy hamlet.

As the tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved — indeed, on what it means to be human.

Preview the first few chapters of
The Lies That Bind.

In Praise of The Lies That Bind

"a gripping tale for fans of Southern fiction, and a story of deceit, slavery, and dangerous complicities....The reader is pulled into a world of deceit, greed, and lies..."
     - 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

And on Amazon ...
"... 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

Get a sense of The Lies That Bind in the trailer below.

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