MATTHEW FLEURYMatthew Fleury grew up in northern New York State. He attended Binghamton University, where he met Martin Lee, his life-long friend and co-writer of Bloody Lane.
Matthew Fleury grew up in northern New York State. He attended Binghamton University, where he met Martin Lee, his life-long friend and co-writer of Bloody Lane. (Photo © Howard Barash)
GARN PRESS AUTHOR
Matthew Fleury grew up in northern New York State. He attended Binghamton University, where he met Martin Lee, his life-long friend and co-writer of Bloody Lane. After graduating with a degree in English literature, Matthew moved to New York. He started his career in publishing at the Village Voice, then wrote and edited for two filmmaking publications.
As a freelance writer for a literary magazine, Fleury contributed stories, essays, and an interview in Italy with Nobel Laureate Dario Fo, who at the time was barred from the United States. He has also written plays and adapted stories for the theater.
Matthew has enjoyed a career of over 25 years in educational publishing, specializing in English language arts, and has served as Editor in Chief and as Director of Research and Development.
He lives with his wife in New York City. Bloody Lane is his first novel.
“Loved it! If you’re a Civil War buff, you won’t be able to put this book down. But even if you know nothing at all about that history, you’ll quickly be hooked by an ingenious plot and a fascinating cast of characters. Martin Lee and Matthew Fleury are natural-born story-tellers, and I congratulate them for keeping me guessing right up until the surprising climax. Bloody Lane is a bloody good read!” – Krin Gabbard, Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
“Felix Allaben is a vividly drawn, hard-boiled character in the tradition of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade. After a murder at historic Antietam battlefield, Detective Allaben gets pulled into a murky and dangerous world, where nothing is as it appears. Stylish, taut, complex … a bloody good read.” – Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians
Felix Allaben is a haunted man. Haunted by the memory of his wife, gunned down in a mugging gone awry. Haunted by his responsibilities as a single father of a teenage girl. And, as Bloody Lane opens, haunted by the murder of Curtis Gwynn, an ex-cop whom Allaben had known when both served in the Baltimore Police Department. Gwynn is found dressed in the uniform of a Civil War re-enactor on the hallowed grounds of the Antietam battlefield—shot through the head.
Allaben is a special investigator with the Department of Justice. He has been summoned by a shadowy official in Washington to get to the bottom of the crime. Working in tandem with the local sheriff, Felix weaves his way through a maze of leads, lies, and dead ends in his effort to make sense of this first death and of others that unexpectedly follow. In so doing, he comes up against an armed, active, neo-Confederate hate group operating out of a local gun club and bent on domestic terrorism.
The suspects are many. Among them are an unstable realtor with whom Gwynn was having an affair; her alcoholic, hot-headed husband; their son, a Civil War enthusiast who’s been upset by the unsavory lifestyles of his parents; her brother, a rising politician, and a retired Navy contractor, as well as other members of the aforementioned militia.
Bloody Lane is set in and around Frederick, Maryland, a small city with an intriguing past. The infamous Civil War battle of Antietam, fought nearby, yielded the single bloodiest day in American history. The conclusion is both violent and unsettling.