And A Long Slow Rain- A Novel

Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Third Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

Date of Defense



Ivy Mitchell is dead. Her body has been dumped on a bed of rock and rubble at the edge of a seawall decorated with floating beer cans and sick fish. And reporter Howard French has just had a late-night call from his newsroom. The police scanner spit something about the Intracoastal Waterway, and his boss wants him to find out what it's all about.

On that hot summer night in West Palm Beach, French is about to begin an investigation along streets that wind through the lives of characters painted on a realist's canvas, where light, warm colors and earth tones live always in the shadow of a dark wave, one that, as it closes around him, will lead French to discover how the unresolved past echoes in the present — sometimes with seismic consequences.



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