In The Rough
Eddy Peters drifts into the backwater town of Monte Rio in northern California on the run from booze, civilization and authority. The military veteran shirks the solicitations of a masseuse in her fight against the construction of a nearby treatment plant. But a defrocked priest and a pot grower soon sweep him up into battle with the hope of saving their rural way of life from the evils of progress. After a friendly brawl at the Pink Elephant saloon, a gang of bikers joins forces with the locals and all march to the nearby firehouse to protest their exclusion from the closed political meeting. A standoff with the sheriff’s department stiffens until the ladies from the Main Street Massage Parlor appear with their persuasive ways. Not to be outwitted by a band of buffoons, a deep pocket Bohemian and a self-absorbed chamber president conspire to push through a decisive bond measure. With time running out, Eddy conjures up a desperate plan that results in women of the night dashing through the forest to escape the rage of a naked CEO. Beaten down but not defeated, Eddy and his alliance pave a twisted path upon which greed and fate speed all to an unexpected solution.
About John Michael McCarty (Santa Rosa, California Author)
Inspired by his family’s imprint upon northern California folklore since 1870, John McCarty creates unique characters and sends them off on an adventure thru yesteryear over the beautiful landscape of San Francisco and Sonoma counties.
His tales brim with local yarns and antiquity, reflecting his thirty-year career as history instructor and researcher on both the secondary and graduate levels. John is affiliated with the San Francisco, Sonoma County and Russian River Historical Societies. He is also a member in good standing with Redwood Writers and the Fulbright Association. With an abundance of city and country rascals at his disposal, our author’s single concern is to make sure that the ridiculous truth does not plow over fiction.