Revenge on the Fly by Michael Cavender
"Revenge on the Fly is a beautiful meditation on the ties that bind us to family and place. Michael Cavender is a gifted writer, an exciting new voice in North Carolina literature."
—Ron Rash, New York Times best-selling author of Serena and The Cove
"Cavender's potent homage to ancient old growth forests and the power of nature juxtaposes nicely against the very real threat of development, but there's more at work with the complex Phelps siblings. Revenge on the Fly is an engrossing mix of atmosphere and strongly drawn characters, with Ben Phelps at its center unraveling the darkness that lies at the heart of his family's secrets. Compelling and well-written, Cavender's writing draws readers into his tale of evil control, redemption, and the power of hope."
—Marni Graff, author, The Blue Virgin , The Green Remains
Dissolute outdoor writer Ben Phelps grasps the chance to avenge a life-ruining lie despite the human costs to a friend who holds the means for revenge, and to the woman whose love may reward his boldness.
Decades ago, Watt Phelps told his younger brother Ben a lie that drove him into dark despair and disinheritance from a family fortune. When a pathway opens for overdue vengeance, retribution demands Ben’s willingness to send his brother to prison, as well as the new friend who secretes the crime that’s the key to justice. The pathway also opens Ben’s heart to prove to a suspicious woman he’s worthy of her trust and love. These converging challenges might save Ben’s unknown legacy, the last old-growth forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains, from Watt’s destruction, and restore a life tainted by his brother’s duplicity. In Revenge on the Fly, Ben learns that his bitter perceptions of success and failure are only part of his life-long delusions, and that loving completely means risking everything.
Michael Cavender is a North Carolina writer who directed the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, North Carolina’s oldest land conservation trust. He was also a newspaper reporter and fly-fishing guide on the rivers and streams of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, he lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he is working on his next novel, a crime thriller.