Mystic Nights of the Wabash by Dale Glenn
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Step into the heart of the Great Depression in Hell's Neck, Indiana. Elmer "Doc" Gentry, a widowed father, farmer, and house-calling doctor runs for state legislature when he discovers corruption at the KKK-controlled State House. When a late-night rap on his door reveals a gross injustice suffered by the black community across the river, Doc sets out on a dual mission to rectify their injustice and find out who is responsible for the missing funds meant for President Roosevelt's New Deal program.
Ignoring a midnight, torch-lit parade by a mob in white robes, Doc unites the black settlers of Lyles Junction with his white Hell's Neck neighbors in pursuing his mission. It is not until summers end that Doc's pursuit reaches a torrid climax when he is surprised to find help from an unexpected source and his suspicion of an old dancehall/speakeasy on the Wabash River is confirmed.
In this time of racial injustice, tribalism, and polemic political leadership, this story of heart-rending compassion, forgiveness, and redemption is a historical antecedent to the problems our nation faces today. It poses the question: How are we ever going to get along if we never get to know each other?
About the Author
Dale Glenn was born in Knox County, Indiana, where his family roots go back to the 1880s and where this novel takes place. Hailing from a family of educators, the Indiana University graduate began his career as an English teacher at a suburban Indianapolis high school before becoming a principal and an adjunct professor at Indiana University. His previous novel, Purcell Station, also takes place in Knox County. He and his wife, Teresa, live in Bloomington, Indiana, among their five adult children.