'Hawkins County' Novel Features Small-town Justice, Law Enforcement, and the Culture of the 1970's

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"Hawkins County" is a novel of historical fiction based on real life experiences of the author as a small-town Juvenile Probation Officer. The book is more than a casework study, however. It features the 1970's as we remember it -- the tunes, the TV shows, Vietnam -- all the elements that made the 1970's so memorable.

Jack Johnson, a cocky, wise-cracking college grad, thinks he's lucked out when he lands the Juvenile Probation Officer job in Hawkins County. He soon discovers he's taken on a difficult task as he battles not only the troubled lives, but also, the senseless deaths of youths he is assigned to supervise. Does he have what it takes to turn this job into his career, find romance, and establish a new home in Hawkins County? Author Steven M. Ulmen and Lulu (lulu.com) the world's fastest growing provider of print-on-demand books, announce the publication of the novel, "Hawkins County." Although fictionalized, this bittersweet story is based on real people and events in a small, rural county.

But "Hawkins County" is more than a corrections casework study. It's also a trip back to the 1970's, and it's all here --the movies, the tunes, the jokes, the humor, the heartache, Vietnam -- all the elements that influenced our lives during the era. "Hawkins County" is written for baby boomers, Vietnam veterans, police officers, social workers, youth counselors, probation officers--yes, even juvenile delinquents and others who found themselves on the wrong side of the law--and everyone else who savors a nostalgic story about life as it happened in the 1970's.

"Hawkins County" is an intriguing story of a southern Minesota rural community's reaction to cultural changes of the 1960's and 1970's," reports Dr. Richard Strachan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the Department of Anthropology at Mankato State University, the University featured in this novel. "The folksy humor brings to mind the kind of story that Mark Twain would have written in modern times."

"Clearly a memorable novel of historical fiction is 'Hawkins County' by Steve Ulmen," says Dr. Glen Just, PhD. of Rochester, MN and a former Juvenile Probation Officer. "One can recall their first months as a probation officer, as a juvenile adjusting to whatever life throws, or just relax and relive the 1970's. A country sense of humor reminds all that community corrections was and can be real in the country. Kids, rural America, and the nostalgia of "old times" are all wrapped up into one. Two thumbs up!"

"Author Steve Ulmen is not new to the world of law enforcement or corrections, having devoted his entire adult life to working with the unfortunate segment of our society that ends up entangled in the criminal justice system," adds Jerry Huettl, Public Safety Director in Mankato, MN, a setting referred to several times in the story. "His new novel draws from life at a time shortly after he started as a probation agent in a small southern Minnesota community. Ulmen was not far removed in age from the central character of the story, so the thought and words come from a unique perspective. He lays bare many of the reasons for juvenile delinquency in the 1970's and shows how small mistakes can have life-shattering effects on the young people and those around them."

"Hawkins County" (ISBN 978-1-4116-8807-0) is available directly from the publisher, Lulu.com, and at Authorsden for $12.50, and at online bookstores Amazon and barnesand noble.com at $16.75 retail. The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has taken the novel on consignment for sale to its members at a discount, and to the general public at retail. Order your copy today!

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