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Next Lunch With Books Investigates the Story Of ‘Foote: A Mystery Novel’

WHEELING — The next Lunch With Books program presented by the Ohio County Public Library will feature author Tom Bredehoft and will focus on his book “Foote: A Mystery Novel.”

The program will take place at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

In the space of one weekend in Morgantown, West Virginia, private investigator Big Jim Foote finds himself at the center of two murder investigations. Suspected of one killing at a local festival, he locates the body of a missing person immediately after. The cops are watching him, and Big Jim has a secret he dares not reveal: he is a bigfoot living in plain sight, charged with keeping his people in the surrounding hills from being discovered.

To protect the bigfoot secret, he must solve both murders — and convince himself it wasn’t a bigfoot who pulled the trigger. Through the course of his investigations, Big Jim is helped by unique and well-rendered characters and friends in both his bigfoot and human communities.

Readers are introduced to Appalachian mountain folk and traditional culture in new ways, even while Big Jim experiences the impact of the opioid epidemic on his own bigfoot kin.

By centering a mythical creature as the unlikely protagonist in this enchanting literary murder mystery, “Foote” offers a winsome redefinition of a cryptid “monster” and breathes new life into the PI genre.

Tom Bredehoft lives in Morgantown. In an earlier life, he was an English professor specializing in medieval literature.

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