Beach Book Brief

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Devil in the Grass
Christopher Bowron
Published March 1, 2016

New novelist Christopher Bowron gives yet another reason not to go in the swamp at night in this riveting, fast-paced tale of a young man and former collegiate football hero desperately trying to get his life back on track but finding himself getting stuck ever deeper in the Florida mud. Based in the Everglades and the back roads of south Florida, ‘Devil in the Grass’ offers a sinister but utterly mesmerizing take on some mysterious and unsavory old Florida families who helped settle the Sunshine State, the Seminoles who preceded them, and the clean water movement.

Bowron’s roots stretch back four generations in historic ‘Niagara–on-the-Lake’, voted the prettiest town in Canada. His local roots stretch back pretty far too, as he grew up on Fort Myers Beach after his parents divorced, and he spent a fair amount of that time fishing and learning about the Everglades. ‘Devil in the Grass’ is his first book, and a sequel is already in the works, as well as another novel about the illegal sales of body parts.

“It’s easier to write about the place you wish you were rather than the place you’re actually in, and I wanted my book to be based in reality but have a surreal aspect to make it an interesting story,” Bowron told us. “So I chose the Everglades and – since I’m a big fan of Gator football – I made the main character a football hero from the University of Florida.”

Chris told us that he also found inspiration in Florida’s continuing issues with water releases from Lake Okeechobee, so much so that he is donating $1 from the sale of each book to Captains for Clean Water – a local non-profit raising money to educate people about the importance of finding a way to send the water south.

‘Devil in the Grass’ is available for sale – in hardcover, softcover and eBook version – at the author’s website christopherbowron.com; amazon.com, koehlerbooks.com indiebound.org and Books-A-Million, as well as at Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Plaza where he will be present for a book signing on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-2pm.

 

Keri Hendry Weeg