NC Literary Hall of Fame



Deathsman by Phil Bowie

Proud Eagle
$14.95, paperback / $3.49, e-book
ISBN: 978-1514397602
September, 2015
Fiction: Suspense / Mystery / Crime / Thriller
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This is book four in the John Hardin suspense series (Guns, Diamondback, and Kllrs).

John Hardin is the WITSEC identity of a pilot who runs a shoestring aerial photography business flying his Cessna out of Asheville, North Carolina. He’s restoring a log home on Eaglenest Ridge overlooking the Great Smokies village of Maggie Valley, and does house repairs to augment his income.

He shares his place with an octogenarian couple, Hank and Hattie Gaskill, escapees from a depressing rest home, and he has an independent Cherokee girlfriend, Kitty Birdsong, who rides her own lipstick-red motorcycle.

A burly biker friend of theirs, Brandon Doyle, runs afoul of a drug lord who wholesales synthetic analogs of cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy. John and Kitty try to help Doyle, and all three suddenly find themselves in a mortal struggle against the drug kingpin and his legendary hit man named after those executioners of centuries past, the professional traveling beheaders and hangmen known as the deathsmen.

Phil Bowie is a lifelong freelance writer with 300 articles and short stories published in national magazines including Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Grit, Harper's, Troika, Yankee, Heartland USA, MAKE, and several boating and aviation magazines. He won a national magazine short story contest by completing a yarn begun by Stephen King titled "The Cat from Hell." That story is reprinted along with 16 others in his collection Dagger and Other Tales (2012).

Phil's novels have been endorsed by top gun international bestselling authors Lee Child (the Jack Reacher series), Ridley Pearson, and Stephen Coonts. His debut novel, Guns, was given Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival.

Phil is a private pilot, a boat captain, a motorcycle rider, and a fiddler. He lives in eastern North Carolina on a shore of the wide Neuse River, and his novels are largely set in his home state.

In conjunction with the release of Deathsman, Phil has launched an all-new website that includes a photo gallery, a blog about life and writing, and direct links to sample and/or buy any of his books.

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