Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing

cropped-butterfly-header.jpg

Writing

‘Red Eyes’ – A Novel by Gary H. Hensley

Posted on by in Writing

by Leonore H. Dvorkinred-eyes

Set primarily in Tennessee and Virginia from 1924 to 1976, Red Eyes is the adventure-filled life story of Jim Taylor: lawman, lover, family man, churchgoer—and murderer.

After Jim’s beloved sister Annie is raped and murdered at the age of 13, he becomes obsessed with finding her killer and meting out “payback.” The story of that pursuit, Jim’s revenge, and the stunning surprise ending of the book make up the central story.

When we first meet Jim, he’s madly in love with young Lilly Mae Larkey, an ambitious beauty he’s known since childhood. Between them and their eventual happiness, there are many twists and turns, a long separation, and a serious rival for Jim.

Along his journey from besotted teenager to respected, experienced lawman in Dawson, Tennessee, Jim has a series of torrid relationships with other women and numerous encounters with lawbreakers, some of them extremely dangerous. One man leaves him with a nearly fatal head wound. The June 1943 race riots in Detroit are the impetus for reflections on the sad state of race relations in that era.

The author’s father was a lawman in Sullivan County, Tennessee. His life was the inspirational starting point for this work of fiction.

Gary H. Hensley grew up near Kingsport, Tennessee and now lives in Maryville, Tennessee with his wife, Sherry. He served as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army and is a retired city manager. Red Eyes is his first novel.

E-book: $4.99. Paperback: $15.95.

Website and buying links: www.dvorkin.com/garyhensley/

 

 

Share This Page

PinIt

Read in Your Language

DISCLAIMER: please read

Recovering The Self is a forum for people to tell their stories. Individual contributors accept complete responsibility for the veracity, accuracy, and non-infringement of their reporting.
Inclusion in Recovering The Self is neither an endorsement nor a confirmation of claims presented within. Sole responsibility lies with individual contributors, not the editor, staff, or management of Recovering The Self Journal.