Ed Protzel, a 1964 alumnus of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, is the author of a new historical novel set for release on Oct. 23.
Something in Madness tells a fictional Reconstruction-era story that highlights racial divides and struggles for social justice through multiple viewpoints.
The book serves as the conclusion to Protzel’s Southern historical DarkHorse trilogy, which includes two of his other works, The Lies That Bind and Honor Among Outcasts.
“Sadly, the struggle for social justice depicted in this fictional story still reverberates today,” Protzel said.
“But hope for a better future is strong in the human spirit, and that’s what I wanted to convey in writing the trilogy.”
The novel will be released in print and e-book formats on Oct. 23 by TouchPoint Press; the Kindle edition is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Protzel graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in English and also is the author of the sci-fi thriller The Antiquities Dealer; he currently resides in University City.