David Mulholland Launches 'Duel,' His New Novel Of Historical Fiction

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If you like stories that tease you about what's to come, DUEL is the book for you. In David Mulholland's dramatized account of the fatal duel between John Wilson and Robert Lyon that took place on June 13, 1833, jealousy, obsession, and unforeseen circumstances come together with deadly results.

Set in Perth, Ontario, a small community in Eastern Canada, Mulholland tells the story from a report he says he uncovered - a report requested by a college professor and compiled by an aging, arthritic blacksmith fifty years after the event.

As witness to the historical period, the blacksmith's tale reveals much more than the story of a duel. Extensive research gives the reader insight into life in the early 1800s; vividly portraying how families lived and worked. You experience the Puritanical social milieu of a time when entrenched convictions and beliefs played a central role in the moral fabric of the community. "The field of honour" is a prominent theme: duelling was considered an honourable means of restoring a person's good name.

When the blacksmith finally confesses that obsession and jealousy "stripped me of all rational thinking and behaviour," he begins to unburden the guilt he's carried for fifty years because . . . well, that would be giving too much away. But at that point, the story becomes a page-turner.

Book Reviews

Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services
"I highly recommend DUEL as a work of historical fiction. Besides being a dramatic rendering of an actual event, the novel helps us appreciate the complexity of history, and how we interpret it."

Steve Scanlon, The humm (Monthly Arts & Entertainment Tabloid)
"David claims the account is real, and he doesn't sway from the concept. The book is chock full of little tid bits of historical facts . . . History, love, lust, intrigue this book has it all. The momentum builds to the very end."

Rosanne Lake, Perth Courier
"In addition to being an entertaining read, the book pulls on the event and time period to breathe life into its characters. It gives familiar names in history a narrative voice."

Book Ordering

DUEL, ISBN 978-1-897508-39-8, is available in bookstores and online at General Store Publishing House, Canada Books Online, and Amazon.com

To review DUEL, or to arrange for a talk, book signing, or interview with the author, please contact Alison Roesler, Publicist, General Store Publishing House at: alisonroesler (at) gsph (dot) com, or call 1-800-465-6072 or 613-432-7697. For more information, go to the author's website: http://www.davidmulholland.ca.


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