Cheyenne, Wyo. - There’s some great news for Wyoming author Steven W. Horn. His second book in the fan-favorite Sam Dawson Mystery Series is now a finalist in the 2016 Eric Hoffer Awards.
The book, When Good Men Die, features the return of photographer Sam Dawson as he fights to clear himself as a suspect in the murder of a nursing home resident. Sam turns his camera toward the elderly and meets Hans Gottlieb, Depression-era carnival wrestler and former Olympian. Hans prefers to live among his brutally harsh and haunting memories and has come to the north woods to die. In Sam's quest for the truth about the murder, he discovers the disturbing reality that the aged are often not who they appear to be. He and his drooling bloodhound will be set upon by wolves and humans alike as Sam exposes decades-long secrets in this Gordian knot of a mystery.
At the heart of the latest Sam Dawson Mystery is that the aged are often not who they appear to be.
"In today's world we tend to categorize and overlook the elderly," Horn said. "We read their obituaries and note their age, where they were born and who they left behind. But, we know nothing about who they really were, their hopes and dreams, their successes and failures, their contributions. Importance is a relative term that is best determined by the person who asks the questions and the person who evaluates the answer."
The Eric Hoffer Awards honor the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
The Pumpkin Eater, the first in Horn's Sam Dawson Mystery Series, won the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Mystery/Suspense and was a Category Finalist in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award.