Author Robin Yocum will join us to discuss his locally set novel, the political thriller The Sacrifice of Lester Yates. Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and forces exist that don’t want him exonerated, regardless of the evidence. To do so could derail presidential aspirations and change the national political landscape. Yates’ execution will clear a wide political path for many influential people, including Van Buren, who must battle both the clock and a political machine of which he is a part.
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PRESENTER BIO: An award-winning former crime reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, Robin Yocum has published two true crime books and five critically acclaimed novels. A Brilliant Death was a finalist for both the 2017 Edgar and the Silver Falchion for best adult mystery. Favorite Sons was named the 2011 Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense by USA Book News. His short story, The Last Hit, was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2020. Yocum grew up in the Ohio River village of Brilliant and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he received a degree in journalism, which kept him out of the steel mills and prevented an untimely and fiery death.
Learn more at: https://robinyocum.net/
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FEATURED BOOK: The Sacrifice of Lester Yates
[Author: Robin Yocum; Publisher: Arcade Crimewise (April 27, 2021) | Reserve a copy from the Library (coming soon)]
"The Sacrifice of Lester Yates is a fascinating and seamlessly plotted political/crime thriller that will pull you in with the first page and keep you biting your nails until the last. Yocum's Hutch Van Buren is a hero to root for as he digs into the very world of which he is a part." — Linda Castillo, author of the New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series
"The Sacrifice of Lester Yates starts out as if a tale of true crime, then turns into a combination murder mystery and legal thriller, all set against the deceptively peaceful hills of eastern Ohio. Yocum’s pacing as the clock ticks down on the execution date for a potentially innocent man will keep readers turning the page." — Lisa Black, The New York Times bestselling author of the Theresa MacLean Series
“The Sacrifice of Lester Yates is at once fun to read and a dramatic portrayal of an ethical dilemma in the world where law, politics and high-profile crime meet. As timely as a headline, mesmerizing, obviously written by an author who knows his subject. Robin Yocum’s The Sacrifice of Lester Yates is relentless, keen, entertaining and serious, too.” — Craig Nova, award-winning author of The Good Son
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