Middle-aged shrink David Gritz Goldberg is enjoying lunch one day when he receives a message to hurry to the historic Battery Park Hotel in Asheville North Carolina where an unidentified man is preparing to leap to his death. The predicament as it turns out is both more and less dire than it first appears. The man has no intention of jumping. He is T Royal Gritzs childhood caretaker back in Asheville after a long absence to live out his retirement. Thats the good news. The bad news is that since his return T has been plagued by the ghost of Mordecai Moore a young black man put to death sixty-five years earlier for a murder he didnt commit. In 1939 a girl was killed at the hotel just prior to President Franklin Roosevelts visit to Asheville during a Southern campaign swing. T was with Moore that night and knew he didnt do it but couldnt testify because of the racial climate of the time. Working from the same office where Zelda Fitzgerald once shared secrets with her own psychiatrist Gritz and T form an unlikely duo. They stumble across dirty history involving members of Gritzs own synagogue as well as locals connected to Willard Dudley Paully the head of a group of Nazi sympathizers known as the Silver Shirts. Eventually Gritz finds himself set up to take a murder rap. That is until the mystery leads him to a corrupt senator a red hot shiksa nurse a séance led by a massage therapist a mute old lady with computer skills and a local salvage company that may have changed the course of world history. The Past is Never Dead introduces a reluctant quirky sleuth unlike any other. Readers will enjoy searching out the real-life parallels in Asheville a town equal parts historic and New Age.
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