Ed Protzel

Scintillating Fiction—Touching Hearts, Sparking Imagination

The Lies That Bind

DARKHORSE TRILOGY, BOOK 1

An atmospheric Southern Gothic thriller where no one is who he—or she—pretends to be

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.

Get a taste of The Lies That Bind. View the trailer below.


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Coming Feb. 2!
Honor Among Outcasts:
DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2

After their harrowing escape from Mississippi, abolitionist Durksen Hurst, his fiancée Antoinette DuVallier, and their friends — a group of undocumented slaves — land in guerrilla-infested Civil War Missouri, the most savage whirlwind of destruction, cruelty, and death in American history.

Read the Synopsis.


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Next Up!
Something in Madness:
DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 3

Returning South after the Civil War, Durk Hurst, Antoinette DuVallier, and Big Josh Tyler, in attempting to establish a school for former slaves, are opposed by powerful factions and corrupt gubernatorial politics.

Details to be announced.

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