Thrilling, Inventive Novel Foreshadows High Place in American Lit

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The first of a series, John Miller Conn has written this book in a manner and style to rival anyone writing in America today.

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In John Miller Conn's The Inventor, a medical device which will save the lives of millions is stolen by an ambitious rogue who uses it as a wedge into the political underworld. His greed and neglect lead to the deaths of the inventor and the enchanting Hispanic woman whose love inspired the discovery. They leave behind a tiny orphan girl who--raised to believe the killer is her savior--will one day rise against him.

West Texas, 1959. Azure sky, soaring mountain crags, perilous canyons scoured from the rainbow rock. Buck, a motherless brilliant boy whose wealthy father's death leaves him without purpose seeks answers in a quest to medical school. He succeeds but lapses into drink and despair. At his bunkhouse door appears a beautiful and perceptive Hispanic girl, Maria, who speaks English like a peeress. Tenderly, she rescues him and restores his home to glory. Stirred by love, Buck transforms a musty barn, and in the laboratory builds a device which can prevent deaths like his father's. Yet one great obstacle remains. Pregnant, proud and unwilling to distract the tormented inventor, Maria strikes out on her own.

Enter the malevolent Gaines Brill, a medical colleague who comes to cash in on Buck's work and fortune. Enlisting the aid of shadowy Washington figures, the ruthless Brill erects in the desert a flourishing enterprise. His scheme is threatened by the sudden return of Maria, finally unable to stay away, who brings her infant and bestows upon Buck the key to completion of his work.

The tragic end to Buck and Maria's story finds Brill, the mighty industrialist, alongside their remarkable baby girl. He twists her life in his humanitarian masquerade. But her enlightenment, and her revenge, will come.

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John Miller Conn was born in Oklahoma, educated at Duke and Emory. He lives in Colorado.

Snail's Pace: The Inventor * by John Miller Conn
Publication Date: March 30, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 237 pages; 978-1-4691-6510-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 237 pages; 978-1-4691-6511-0
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-6512-7

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