GARY D. KESSLER


WHAT THE
SPIDER SAW

A Charlottesville, Virginia, Mystery

MYSTERY/DETECTIVE FICTION

ISBN 978-0983919-3-0
Published, 2012
Cedar Creek Publishing
240 Pages   Paperback
$18.00

On the evening of September 4, 1904, Fannie McCue was strangled, clubbed, shot, and drowned in her Charlottesville, Virginia, home. On February 10, 1905, in the last execution to take place in the old city jail, Fannie’s husband, former Charlottesville mayor J. Samuel McCue, was hanged for her murder. The story has never died and still floats in legends. Some say McCue confessed after being told what a spider saw of the murder. And some say that McCue, in fact, escaped his hanging and died of old age.

What the Spider Saw is a work of fiction built on the foundation of the original McCue murder case, but set in a different century and with, of course, an entirely different set of characters. It uses the loose structure of a selection of the “facts” of the original case as a foil to twist the crime and basic associated characters to whole new possibilities and uses. Wes Lederman, a private investigator from Harrisonburg, Virginia, has been hired by Charlottesville’s commonwealth attorney, Thaddeus Thornton, to pin the murder of his wife, Suzanne Thornton, to a man who turns out to be the husband of Thornton’s mistress. The web of events spins around downtown Charlottesville to the back roads of Earlysville, Virginia.

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UPCOMING APPEARANCE
Wednesday, March 18, 2015    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virginia Festival of the Book

Skyline 2015: Celebrating
Central Virginia Writers

at the NEW Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West
Charlottesville, VA


Readings and discussions of regional critique groups, writing classes, writing retreats, and iBooks by contributors to the annual 
Skyline 2015 anthology of prose and poetry. Contributers Jody Hobbs Hesler, Linda Levokove, Deborah M. Prum, and Leonard Tuchyner are featured. Moderator: Gary Kessler.




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