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Local Author Michael Beres
July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The public is invited to meet local author Michael Beres at the Mason County District Library in Ludington Tuesday, July 16 at 6:00 pm. His latest thriller is “The Girl with 39 Graves.” Rose Buckles, murdered near the Wyoming-Utah line in 1939, isn’t quite buried. Decades later, men from an FDR CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp cling to strands of hair.
Legends surrounding Rose’s death surface in, of all places, Ukraine during the Chernobyl disaster’s 25th anniversary. Deaths of old men and relatives researching what happened in 1939 have bizarre connections: Murder-suicides in retirement communities, so-called single vehicle accidents, a Chernobyl serial killer, a safe deposit box in one of the Twin Towers in 2001, heroin as a cough remedy, competition between crime families, and even agents working for Putin. The six-degrees-of-separation theory from Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy’s 1929 short story “Chain-Links” comes to life, connecting past and present.
In addition to novels, Michael Beres has published fiction in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Amazing Stories, Cosmopolitan, New York Stories, Playboy, Twilight Zone, and many others. Sierra Club honored his environmental writing and his suspense has been compared to The Manchurian Candidate. The Cold War, Eastern European roots, family history, security and scientific background, and environmental concerns shape his novels. Beres’ background includes government top-secret security work and computer software. He has degrees in mathematics, literature, and engineering. Michael is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Union of Concerned Scientists. Michael lives and writes in rural Michigan.