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Ryder is the story of a relationship between 12 year-old Will and a stranger who unexpectedly appears on an old “Indian” motorcycle. The novel begins when the mysterious Ryder arrives. He stays on to work for Steve Patterson, Will’s father who owns a local art gallery and sits on the Jackson Hole town council. When he is confronted by the accusations of a man who wants to bring him down, the cold realities of the criminal justice system set in.

The real villain in the story is not the dishonest developer who tries to force Will’s father off the town council, but the corrupt prosecutor who, like a hired gun, is willing to “do what it takes” to repay a debt owed to the developer.

The story moves towards a trial. Will’s father rejects a plea bargain and gambles everything on his perception of justice. Unfortunately things go badly and he is trapped by the testimony of an expert witness, with no way to disprove the charges against him. It is Will who must use lessons learned from Ryder to help his father by convincing Fred, an old Native American, to reveal his own secrets.

A Coming of Age Story for Boys

Mike Hemenway's new book Ryder is an adventure story/legal thriller.
It is now for sale - just click on the link below. The price is only $8.10 plus shipping.

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And visit New Dominion Bookshop online. It is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, and you can purchase Ryder from the store in person, by telephone, or online. Click here.