The master of mystery, murder and mayhem… the wizard of words… the father of folklore and Fever Devilin… the harbinger of history… the count of conspiracy… the ace of alliteration, Clayton State’s own Phillip DePoy, is once again featured at The Loch Shop.
Loch Shop Manager Todd Smith has announced that, continuing to celebrate the work of the Director of the Clayton State Theatre, this week’s Book of the Week is “The King James Conspiracy,” available in both hardback and paperback. The hardback version lists for $25.95; it’s on sale for $18.17. The paperback is $14.99 list price; it’s on sale for $10.49.
In case you missed the reviews from 2009, when “King James” premiered… what is arguably DePoy's most creative work is an historical novel/murder mystery set in 17th Century England and centered on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible. When one of the scholars is messily murdered and mutilated, DePoy leads the story into, not surprisingly, a conspiracy.
And yes, those familiar with the genre will recognize similarities between DePoy’s work and Umberto Eco's classic 1983 historical novel/detective story, “The Name of the Rose,” which was set in a northern Italian abbey in 1327 and was ultimately made into a movie starring Sean Connery. While it’s too soon to tell if “King James” will make it to the big screen, it is worth noting that DePoy, himself an accomplished actor, could clearly play a Conneryesque role as his “King James” protagonist, Brother Timon.
In addition to featuring “King James” from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, The Loch Shop will also continue discounting “A Corpse’s Nightmare” throughout the week. This list price is $25.99; but it’s still on sale for $18.19. And, DePoy autographed copies are still available. The Loch Shop is located on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center.