“Sticks and Bones” is a full length novel in the Young Adult / Adult – Crime Thriller genre.
The holiday season isn’t filled with comfort or joy when high school diva, Leah Jackson, is reported missing and later turns up dead on an abandoned farmstead.
Detective Marcia Grant and the whole city of West Fargo are drawn into a world where nothing makes sense. It has been over fifty years since the last murder in West Fargo and this murder does not fit with any textbook homicide. The case is botched and stalmated from the beginning. To make matters worse Officer Jonathon Drake, the lead officer, inadvertently lets Marcia know how he truly feels about her and disappears in the middle of the investigation.
While investigating the Jackson murder, Detective Grant is drawn back into the dramas of high school– the categories, abuses, and social ladders to be climbed and clung too at all costs. Nothing had really changed since her own high school days in the 80s, except the technology boom of the internet, cell phones, and social networking sites. Even so, the focus of the investigation must lie where the evidence points the strongest – Clyde Jordaine, the most hated man in West Fargo, the owner of the abandoned farmstead.
“Sticks and Bones” is the compilation of four and half years of research into the enigma we know as the lives of teenagers. It was a journey unlike anything I have ever encountered in my entire life. It required becoming not only involved, but emmeshed, in the day to day lives of our teenagers of today.
During my immersion, I found myself looking in on the lives of teenagers from all walks of life – including the runaways, throw-aways and the lost. It was an emotional rollercoaster that gave me a unique perspective on their views of the world, and how some of them developed their view on the adult world; and their own. And how the two don’t always come together in a harmonious manner.
My journey with the teenagers began with my own three, then teenagers, and their circle of friends — a circle that expanded and exploded into an entire subculture few ever infiltrate, but those who do, never forget.
A subculture where love and humanity play a small role. A subculture in the world where fear is the catalyst to survival. The fear of being alone; the fear of austrocization among their peers; the fear of losing their parents; the fear of growing up, and; the fear of self-discovery.
I owe a great amount of thanks and humble gratitude to those teenagers who allowed me in, even if only for a brief moment, to see the reality of the world through their eyes. “Sticks and Bones” is a snapshot into only one arena within the realm of teenagers.