Author uses Jasonville area as setting for his new book
"Welcome to Jasonville, Indiana -- a town of one zip code, one high school, one cop car and one terrifying autumn night."
That's the introduction to the summary of Jeffrey Leever's recent book "Dark Friday," a novel that takes readers on a suspenseful journey of murder and intrigue -- and it all takes place in and around Jasonville.
In explaining the novel, Leever says the novel is about a journalist who travels to a small Indiana town to investigate a series of murders and discovers a conspiracy involving local teens.
Although the story is set mainly in Jasonville, there are key scenes in Linton and Lebanon Cemetery; plus, there are several references made to other area localities.
Leever who lives near Kansas City, Mo., says he is "bias" toward settings in the Midwest. For quite some time before he began the novel, he had a basic plot idea about a group of small town teens who conspire to carry out some crimes.
Then he said he heard of a quote from Paul Harvey who supposedly said, "If you want to get away with murder, go to Greene County, Indiana."
That is when he began researching and discovered the name of a town in Greene County called Jasonville.
Leever added, "Some of the characters in my story have an unhealthy fixation on horror movies, specifically the villain of the Friday the 13th movies, Jason."
A couple of years ago, Leever packed his camcorder, camera, and voice recorder and headed for Jasonville.
"I interviewed people and checked out the local geography," Leever said. "As a novelist who admittedly makes stuff up, I was taken in by the forested areas, tall cornfields, and lakes -- all right within miles of each other. I also visited Linton, Terre Haute, and a few other places."
Of course, Leever says "scary" and "interesting" are in the eye of the beholder, and some people in the area might think it strange to set the location of a novel in Jasonville.
However, he goes on to say that the book is just meant to be a suspense fiction, and hopefully one side effect of reading the book will make readers curious about the area.
"The Greene County people I've talked to have all maintained a pretty good sense of humor about it," Leever added.
"Dark Friday," a 266 page trade paperback, is available online, at bookstores and at Wal-Mart.
Leever said he discovered his writing skills while a junior in high school and went on to major in English at the University of Nebraska. He has co-authored two nonfiction books and one other novel called "Even in Darkness."
During September and October, Leever will be busy signing his new novel at book stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Alaska.