Phillip DePoy, the nationally recognized, Edgar-winning author and playwright, and director of the Clayton State Theatre, will be making a personal appearance at the Peachtree City Library on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
DePoy will be signing copies of his latest Fever Devilin novel, "A Corpse's Nightmare." The library is located at 201 Willowbend Rd., in Peachtree City.
“A Corpse’s Nightmare” was released on the same day that Stephen King and Umberto Eco had new novels hitting the book shelves. Not to be outdone, DePoy dropped a bombshell in the sixth installment of his Fever Devilin mystery novel series; he killed off the first-person narrator of the series on the very first page.
As can probably be guessed, Devilin is the corpse in question, a circumstance that left DePoy with something of a challenge after, in effect, writing the protagonist out of the script at the start of the book. Possibly more shocking is the thought that DePoy had in some sense committed a virtual literary hari-kari, since the Fever Devilin character, a Georgia folklorist by trade, sometimes bears a striking resemblance to author/folklorist DePoy. (And an alliterative connection as well… Phillip DePoy… Fever Devilin.)
However, not to worry, “A Corpse’s Nightmare” isn’t a one-page book. As DePoy points out, while he liked the literary device of disposing of the first-person narrator at the start of the book, the challenge to the book came after page one – what to do for the rest of the story. It was a challenge that DePoy relished. In fact, he notes that most people will, consciously or unconsciously, look for challenges in their lives, a truism that should also attract readers to “A Corpse’s Nightmare.”
Without spoiling the suspense in the rest of the novel (Minotaur Books; $25.99; hardcover) suffice it to say that DePoy brings Devilin back to life, borrowing from a real-life medical miracle he witnessed decades ago as an X-ray technician at Piedmont Hospital. In fact, Devilin is so lively that DePoy fans will be pleased to know that the seventh Fever Devilin mystery is due at the publisher by year’s end.