A Minister's Ghost: A Fever Devilin Mystery (Hardcover)

A Fever Devilin Mystery

By Phillip DePoy

Minotaur Books, 9780312339340, 288pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 2005



Fever Devilin is a folklorist who fled the fevered halls of academia to return home to the Blue Mountain region of the Georgia Appalachians and a hopefully quiet life. While on a trip collecting folklore, Fever spots an apparition at a railroad crossing. Such apparitions are traditionally omens of evil, and when he returns home he finds his suspicions are accurate: his friend Lucinda's two nieces have been killed in a suspicious accident. As he consoles Lucinda, Fever promises to investigate the girls' deaths. His promise leads him through a maze of train-hopping drifters, old ghost stories, and the wild ravings of an itinerant preacher - as he attempts to uncover the truth behind the tales that are told and the visions that are seen.

About the Author

Phillip DePoy is the author of six previous mysteries, including the Shamus Award finalist Easy. He has published short fiction, poetry, and criticism in "Story," "The Southern Poetry Review, ""Xanadu," and "Yankee," among other magazines. As a folklorist, he has worked with Joseph Campbell and John Burrison. Currently a visiting professor of theater at Georgia State University, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.