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AR Simmons

Al Simmons Updated February 28, 2015
AR Simmons

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AR Simmons
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Author Bio

AR Simmons was born on Chicago’s north side, but grew up and lives in the eastern Missouri Ozarks. He attended a one-room school through the eighth grade, and walked a mile to get there. His family worked a subsistence farm on land cleared from the native forest by his grandfather.

He was a carpenter’s helper and factory worker until entering the US Army at nineteen. A tour of duty took him to the Far East where he saw a world far different from his own. His military experience acquainted him with his country. The racial, ethnic, and cultural makeup of his squad changed forever his concept of “American.”

The GI Bill financed his entire college career. After declaring and rejecting majors in Business (lacked interest) and Art (fairly talented, but color blind), he settled on History, in which he obtained BA and MA degrees. Passing up a doctoral program (he was 27, married, and had no job), he took a public school teaching position “until something better came along.” He discovered, to his amazement, that the calling suited him.

He began writing shortly after he started teaching (supplemental essays on the history of technology and on foreign policy). His fiction writing career began with short sci-fi stories. Then he turned to the mystery/suspense genre which he now writes exclusively. In 2003, he began serializing novels on-line.

Today, he and his wife (life partner, collaborator, illustrator, and muse) still live on the farm his grandfather settled. His roots (four generations deep) are in the Ozarks where the Richard Carter series is set. Using the culture, language, and mores of this “Bible Belt” region, he writes culturally immersive stories of obsession set amidst the small-town and rural life that he knows.

Book Description

Ex-Marine Richard Carter has a demon. Some might call it “clinical depression,” or “bipolar disorder,” or “PTSD.” He doesn’t believe any of that. He has “broken the oldest taboo there is." He can neither excuse nor forgive himself.
The arrival of Jill Belbenoit pulls him away from his black hole. She is his ideal woman. She’s smart, beautiful, competent, and compassionate.
Enter Mic Boyd, Richard’s former squadmate. He is a misogynist at best, and possibly a psychopath. He comes to believe that Jill’s life is in danger. In Jill’s world, such things are not possible, and she refused to listen to his warnings.
Richard becomes desperate. He decides that he must betray Jill’s trust and lose any chance he has with her in order to save her from a danger he alone sees. Is he seeing things clearly? Or have his mental anguish and psychic scars produced a chimera from his hag-ridden imagination and irrational fears?
Jill finds herself the center of the struggle between two violent men, a struggle she thinks she may have caused. Soon she is subjected to a campaign of physical intimidation and psychological terror. Who can she believe? Richard? Mic? Neither?

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