New Beginnings is the title for chapter 1 of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival by Jerry Slauter. New Beginnings reacquaints the reader with some of the characters from Woodcutter’s Revival. The chapter opens with some action in which Daryl Daily gets into trouble and requires the legal services of Stewart Taylor.
The situation is like “Déjà vu all over again” as it reminds Daryl of a situation from his childhood that will need some exploration in a later chapter. The situation also reminds Stewart of the legal trouble he encountered in Woodcutter’s Revival. He was framed and had to fight the system and the same characters. That battle was the inspiration that inspired him to pursue the legal profession.
An excerpt follows in which Daryl explains the events that led to his arrest. He realizes he might have been framed as a result of exposing these characters in an article published a few weeks prior to the arrest.
“When Julius Knapp and Kevin Nelson cracked me on the head with a Billie club and arrested me, they called me by name. I knew their names since they were my primary objects of focus in my story and investigations.”
Stewart formed a knowing smile and replied, “I've had similar dealings with those two. I was arrested for being involved in labour problems and framed for assaulting one of my co-workers. Ironically, I saw Julius strike Sven Erickson and Kevin Nelson arrested me within minutes. He had to be standing by as a lookout and to control damage should their premeditated scheme go bad.
“The Knapp brothers were the witnesses at the trial. We’ll see what they offer, but I'm afraid we might not get a fair hearing as the prosecutor in in cahoots with August and Julius Knapp, Pinkerton agents and Officer Nelson. We even caught them in the act and appealed to Governor Mitchell. In his response, he stated that the Pinkertons might be unconventional, but were necessary to assist in establishing law and order in labour disputes.”
Look for Fine Line to be published in 2014. While you are waiting, it would be a good time to catch up on Woodcutter’s Revival.
Jerry Slauter is a retired school teacher. He released his first novel, Woodcutter's Revival in August of 2012. He also wrote Revived: Story Of Publishing A Christian Novel, offered exclusively in Kindle version on Amazon.