Author Michael D. Graves (District 2 KAC member) created the character of Pete Stone as a memorial to his grandfather. The first book, To Leave a Shadow, published in 2015, took Graves by surprise when it was recognized as a 2016 Kansas Notable Book. Book 2, Shadow of Death, was released in 2017. The third book, released this month, comes just in time for a debut at the Iola Reads celebration, where To Leave a Shadow was chosen by the organizers in Iola, Kansas, to be the community read book.
Though the character of Pete Stone is fictional, the stories are set in an historically accurate 1930s Wichita. In book 3, Stone has been hired by a Wichita university professor to prove that the suspect in a recent murder investigation is innocent. While Stone begins to suspect the professor and his motives, additional murders bring to the surface clues that suggest the killer isn’t finished.
In the writing of the novels, Graves enjoys placing clues and mementos from his own story. Graves was born in Wichita, and his father is the model for Rusty, the paperboy who makes an appearance in all three novels, and the green bike that Rusty rides is a tip of the hat to Mike’s first published book, Green Bike. Graves enjoys exploring Wichita, studying locations for the Pete Stone novels. He has spent countless hours in Wichita libraries, both public and the university, gathering details for his novels.
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