A remote North Carolina island situated to the south of the Outerbanks is forgotten by the modern world. The Elizabethan English spoken by its inhabitants is a stronger link to the settlers who landed 500 years ago than the southern drawl of outsiders who make port at the ferry launch, the only connection to this secluded community.
The isolation of these curious surroundings serves as a character unto itself in the new thriller by Monmouth County author David M. Salkin, who spoke with the TAPinto Network about his upcoming thriller Blood From a Stone.
Due out in digital formats on April 27, Salkin’s novel features Cory Walker, a wounded warrior in search of solace after a violent military experience left him with physical and psychological scarring. A dream home on Harker’s Island holds promises of a simpler life until a dark discovery exposes a vicious history and a secret that could stretch to the White House.
“This was Cory’s dream home, where he was supposed to be able to escape an ugly past. But what he discovers in a hidden diary left behind by a young girl poisons his home with a horror story,” Salkin said of Blood From a Stone, his 15th published work.
Salkin, a Rutgers University alum who serves as the Director of Monmouth County Consumer Affairs and as a former committeeman in Freehold Township, described Walker as the “closest to the real thing” that he has ever written, drawing on volunteer experiences with the Marine Corps League, in addition to aspects of his own life, to develop this character.
“Cory is the closest to the author I’ve ever written. My experience with the Marine Corps League, and the friends I’ve made who have served, certainly helped develop to develop him. But he also loves to cook and drink wine. He can create a nice meal pairing, which is something I’m passionate about. He also has a sense of humor that is pretty dark at times, which is a coping mechanism often used by veterans. But when shit hits the fan, you want Cory on your side, and it certainly does in this book.”
While Cory and his girlfriend Amanda are outfitting their new home for a wine cellar, the veteran discovers the diary of Casey Stone, and the grisly demise of she and her mother. Sifting through its contents sets the veteran’s investigative mind in motion, as he begins to unravel a decades-old homicide that might have landed wrong man in prison in place of presidential candidate Earl Stone.
“Cory is investigating a 20-year-old closed case and no one wants to talk about the only bad thing to happen in the history of this island community. He’s causing problems for other people, and that will only cause problems for him,” Salkin added.
Blood From a Stone is available on April 27 via Totally Bound Publishing and may be pre-ordered now in the Amazon Kindle Store.