Larry Copeland is a Georgia native and a devoted, lifelong lover of murder mysteries. He spent more than three decades as a newspaper reporter and has also worked as a waiter, a mental hospital attendant and a hotel front desk clerk. He lives in Atlanta's Historic West End with his wife, Kim. The Moaning Bench is his first novel; his second, The Bella Chronicles, will be published soon.
The Moaning Bench is a riveting murder mystery set in Atlanta and rural Georgia in 1980. A popular, charismatic minister, Reverend Jimmy Lee Hightower, is fatally stabbed and his wayward son, Rufus, is the prime suspect. But Homicide Detective Cleveland Mock, recently booted off the task force investigating the Missing and Murdered Children's cases, soon comes to believe the killer is someone else. His investigation takes him from the mean streets of Atlanta to the back roads of fictional Almah, Georgia, where he matches wits with a cunning, diabolical killer.
"This is exquisite storytelling, a real page-turner... With The Moaning Bench, Larry Copeland has announced himself as a fresh new voice on the fiction scene." Nathan McCall, author of Makes Me Wanna Holler and Them: A Novel.