Today is my stop on the Second Cousin Once Removed blog tour. I have a quick spotlight post for you today. I hope you enjoy.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Henry Attkinson’s life as an attorney is slow, predictable, and lonely, given his divorce and his ex-wife’s custody of the kids. He recently took up geneology as a hobby to fill the time, but it doesn’t do much to spice up his mundane routine. Until the day he prods at a dead end of one of the branches of his family tree. Who is this cousin Shelley, whom he’s never met or even heard of in years? Ignoring a warning to leave well enough alone, Henry still doesn’t find much in his deeper delve into the mystery–just a concerning criminal record for the man that finally convinces him to drop the matter. But Shelley is a man who doesn’t want to be found or even looked for. And now he knows someone has been looking. Faster than he knows what’s hit him, Henry is propelled into sudden mayhem, receiving ominous threats, meeting mysterious strangers, and running for his life. Second Cousin Once Removed is a fast-paced, sweaty-palm thriller that will keep you hooked until the last page.
About the author:
Ken Toppell wanted to write when he went to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was there during a tumultuous time, the start of the sit-in campaigns and the onset of the civil rights movement. He graduated with a degree in history and political science before he went on to Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia,
and postgraduate training in Houston, Texas, and in the army. Over the next forty-eight years, Ken did his writing on patient charts in medical wards and intensive care units. It was a time when organ transplants, which were rare and only performed by celebrity doctors, became techniques that are now part of surgical training. Passionate physicians implemented new forms of medical research and brought HIV/AIDS from an epidemic with a 100 percent mortality rate to an outpatient disease. Th ere were new tools and new drugs, reinforcing why medicine is called practice.
As the years passed by, Ken began to give lectures in American History, and he had some time to practice a new kind of writing. He now lives in Plano, Texas, where he reads, writes, and enjoys life with his wife of fi f t y-four years.