The King of Trash
About the Book
The plague of homelessness runs through it like a pulsing vein. There is murder—and bodies galore. There is unhesitating genocide. There is a haunting escape from certain death.
And yet The King of Trash is a story of tenderness, of ethical struggle, and of deeply bonded humanity.
In his latest novel—and his first to move beyond the highly successful Mogi Franklin middle-reader mysteries—author Don Willerton intertwines modern-day themes of vital importance with a unique and powerful tale of mystery, adventure, and courage.
The start is simple: a newspaper reporter interviewing a former schoolmate who’s become one of the world great scientists, and one of its richest men. But before long, his story is enmeshed in a web of terrible and expedient “facts” building to a twenty-first-century morality tale in which no one can escape the hard and bitter decisions of the “real” world.
At the end, beyond the terror and ordeal, a single central truth remains. Can it be enough to sustain Willerton’s fascinating and vivid characters—and the rest of us on Earth who refuse to live a life without hope?
About the Author
Donald Willerton was raised in a small oil boomtown in the Panhandle of Texas, becoming familiar through family vacations with the northern New Mexico area where he now makes his home.
After earning a degree in physics from Midwestern State University in Texas and a master’s in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, he worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory for almost three decades.
During his career there, Willerton was a supercomputer programmer for a number of years and a manager after that for “way too long,” and also worked on information policy and cyber-security.
He finds focusing on only one thing very difficult among such varied interests as home building, climbing Colorado’s tallest peaks, and rafting the rivers of the Southwest (including the Colorado through Grand Canyon). Willerton also has owned a handyman business for a number of years, rebuilt old cars, and made furniture in his woodshop.
He is a wanderer in both mind and body, fascinated with history and its landscape, varied peoples and their cultures, good mysteries, secrets, and seeking out treasure. Most of all, he loves the outdoors and the places he finds in the Southwest where spirits live and ghosts dance. Weaving it all together to share with readers has been the driving force of Willerton’s writing over the past twenty years.
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