Maine author L. E. Barrett reconfigures history and fiction
BANGOR, ME, June 06, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Dummers Lane, by Maine writer L. E. Barrett, is his second book of what he refers to as a new historical pulp fiction genre. Though the book contains bits and pieces of a life the writer knew from personal experience while growing up in Maine. Dummers Lane is a strange brew of fiction, historical events and memorable characters. It’s the early 1960s in Hallowell, Maine. A sleepy small city on the Kennebec River, where Dip Barrett runs a beer store. He socializes with local criminals and takes illegal bets for horse racing tracks around the state. In the first book of the Kennebec River Trilogy, The Boys from Joppa, Dip’s business and the community are turned upside down when the body of a young man is found in the Kennebec River, a poker game leads to a major robbery, a young wife is seduced into a private sex club, a 16 year old boy finds love with a much older woman, a young man’s suicide is a mystery to everyone, and the town drunk morphs into a criminal master mind.
In the new book, law enforcement agencies turn a criminal investigation into a hunt for a secret item. Phil, a local hoodlum, establishes unusual relationships. Forbidden and secret romances are revealed. Martha, a liberated seeker of sexual enjoyment, is the subject of harassment. People mysteriously rise from the dead. Bunny Hunt a mild mannered friend to everyone finds himself trapped in a personal nightmare. Police officer, Ray Buck, gathers together a curious group of the city’s least-likely crime fighters to go head to head with an entrenched criminal element.
L. E. Barrett’s historical pulp fiction is a throwback to the trashy novels of the 1940s to 1960s where women craved love, men were tough, and violence was a business opportunity. The type of remarkable situations and close to the bone characters found in the works of Steinbeck and Doctorow who don’t just exist on the page, but take up residence in your life. The book is insightful, funny, thrilling and sexy without compromise.
Dummers Lane is the second book in the Kennebec River Trilogy. Book one, The Boys from Joppa introduced readers to a time and place that felt like home. The Valley of Good and Evil the last novel in the trilogy transports the characters and the plot from their finely crafted roots to the last thrilling conclusion. This book can only be classified as a must read for fans of pulp fiction, romantic fiction, action fiction, realistic plots and a first-rate summer read.
L. E. Barrett originates from Hallowell, Maine and lives in Monroe, Maine. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Master’s Degree from the University of Maine in Orono, ME. Dummers Lane is currently available through local book stores and all large internet book sites.
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