(Northwestern North Carolina) - When Art and Cheryl Nichols moved to Lake Hannah, they thought they had found paradise. Their lakefront home in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina was a true oasis. Wildlife visited the property on a regular basis, and the surroundings were serene.
After years of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from his time in Vietnam, Art finally felt at ease. But when Breached, the latest novel by North Carolina writer John Hohn begins, the peace Art has worked so hard to find has been shattered in an instant.
“I . . . I know this man,” Art Nichols said as he and Detective James Raker drew closer to the body lying in the grass on the lee side to the dam. “It’s Norm. Norm Dennison.”
The death of a man Nichols once worked with on the homeowner’s association suddenly transports him back to the jungles of Vietnam.
“The rest of you, spread out! Whoever shot Dennison is still out there,” shouted Nichols, in a state of panic.
The Vietnam War has always intrigued Hohn. At the time, he was of the age to have been drafted or enlisted, but because he was raising a family he didn’t have to go. “I actually was a protestor during the War,” he said. “In fact, I lost a teaching job because I protested against the buildup in Vietnam. I had a lot of classmates who went over and never came back. Others went and, like Art, came back just changed.”
While Art struggles with his demons, he has no idea what is going on behind the scenes at the homeowners association he used to run. It isn’t just politics as usual, but something a lot more sinister.
"I actually had an unpleasant experience of my own with a homeowner’s association,” said Hohn. “I found it filled with distrust and a lot of anger. I got to thinking what if someone with the wrong motives were part of the leadership, and out of that came the mystery behind Breached.”
As the plot unfolds, Art Nichols’ good friend, Det. James Raker, finds himself not only investigating a crime, but a target of those who will stop at nothing to make sure their multi million dollar gamble pays off. And Raker’s lady friend, Diane Wellborn, nearly loses both her life and sanity in the process.
“Mental illness is a problem that affects so many people. I decided to explore dissociative disorder with Diane’s character, as I had an experience with it in a past relationship. I like to write about what I know,” said Hohn.
Breached is John Hohn’s second mystery featuring Det. James Raker. In his first book, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, released in Sept. 2011, the detective was thrust into a scandal involving Wall Street and residents of another lakeside community in North Carolina.
Breached is scheduled for release on Tues., Oct. 7, 2014, and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com as both a paperback and eBook. For more information, visit www.jjhohn.com.
About the Author
John Hohn has been writing all his life. His first story was published in the nationally circulated Pilot magazine when he was just 10-years-old. He has won many awards for his poetry over the years.
Though he majored in English at St. John’s University in Minnesota, he did not pursue a career in writing, instead spending a 40-year career in the financial services industry. In addition to The Travelers, he held positions with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota and Wilson Learning Corporation in Minneapolis, then after moving to North Carolina in 1978, with Wachovia Bank and Trust and Merrill Lynch in Winston-Salem.
While still working full-time, Hohn published a small book of poetry. After retiring, he began work on a novel. Deadly Portfolio: A Killing Hedge Funds, was released in 2011. Its sequel, Breached, is due out in Oct. 2014.
John Hohn and his wife, Melinda, divide their time between a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains near West Jefferson, N.C. and a cottage in the village of Southport on the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, N.C. Between them, Hohn and his wife have six grown children.
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