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Fool Gone Missing Paperback – February 11, 2013
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About the Author
Joe McCray is seventy years old. Some might think this is an age where one really shouldn't be launching a writing career. But maybe it's a better time. His has been a long life – a long, eventful, and revealing life. Maybe others could have come across what he did without living it, but, if that is so, there seems to be a value in actually doing it. His most important years were spent in San Francisco – forty of them. The center of those years was his thirty-five years as a practicing trial lawyer, beginning April Fool's Day, 1971, and ending in January of 2005. It was on the latter date that the California State Bar placed him on "inactive" status. At that point, he and his wife returned to the Portland, Oregon, area, where they had attended high school. There, they took over a failing little farm and took to raising two Labrador pups. Finding farming very hard and hunting season short, he began to spend some time mulling over and writing about his practice as fiction. After all, being in San Francisco from 1965 until 2005 was like trying to enjoy a good bottle of wine and some pasta in the middle of a battlefield.
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finish. The protagonists are starkly drawn, the danger evanescent and real in what appears to be a power mismatch, and the denouement suitably surprising.
Most of all, it is a tale of the American West in the 1980's-90's, with a wide-ranging canvas and an eye for local detail.McCray has branched out
into Historical Fiction, with a tale loosely based on the short lives of George Jackson and others wrongly shot down in San Quentin Prison. What follows
is a plausible, yet chilling exposition of what might've comprised the motivation for a gut-wrenching event that changed California history.