It’s 1938, and Mary Elizabeth Laverneaux is shaking off a romantic tryst with the violent con man, Jeb Collins, whom she had left her husband for a year earlier.
With twenty-thousand dollars in cash stolen from Collins, Mary Elizabeth attempts to create a new life in her hometown of Moultrie, Georgia under her maiden name of Dawson.
Mary Elizabeth sets into motion a plan to recover her young daughter, Carlee, from her husband Reggie Laverneaux who lives in the former plantation and ancestral home known by locals as Whispering Pines.
Soon, though, Mary Elizabeth fears for her life as she is tracked down by an angered Collins and his murderous partner seeking to regain their stolen money.
The hunter eventually becomes the hunted when Collins himself is pursued by two aggressive detectives. With the heat bearing down on him, Collins has time for one final effort to catch Mary Elizabeth and recover his stolen money. His ultimate trap is sprung when he kidnaps Carlee and holds her for ransom.
Now, desperate to save her daughter, Mary Elizabeth has only one option left—approach her husband Reggie and beg for his forgiveness—
“Howard Gleichenhaus delivers a southern-styled gourmet dish designed to amuse, thrill, and delight all of our senses,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Whisper in the Pines is intricately woven and filled with charismatic, sympathetic, and brilliantly conceived characters that will leave readers feeling uniquely satisfied.”
Howard Gleichenhaus was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New York. He later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State College and a pair of Master’s Degrees in Biology and Psychology from Feirleigh Dickinson University. Gleichenhaus is retired after thirty-four years of teaching and now lives with his wife Fredda in Delray Beach, Florida. They have two married sons and three grandchildren.