David Faldet.
David Faldet.
Dragonfly Books welcomes Decorah native and Luther College English faculty David Faldet for an author talk featuring his first novel, King: A Mystery Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m., at Dragonfly Books.

David Faldet shares his passion for British Literature, teaches rhetoric and advises the student newspaper at Luther College. He has previously published Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and its People (Univ Iowa Press, 2009).

King: A Mystery (Resource Publications 2019) is set in the Decorah area in 2008, a year of catastrophic floods. Security Officer Arnie Mikesh investigates the death and life of religious leader Joshua King, whose car wreck he discovers on a country road.

King’s ministry, dedicated to the Spirit he addresses as “Mother,” provokes scorn and occasional violence from Christians, politicians, law enforcement and powerful agricultural interests.

Divisions among King’s followers about whether he is the reincarnation of the Messiah also trouble his ministry. Mikesh’s investigation leads him from a labor organizer to cult members and a car body repairman – from rural Iowa where King has established his ministry to the state capital where King clashes with authorities – before the unravelling and ultimate solution of the mystery of King’s death.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public.

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