One of Russellville’s native sons has recently written a book called The Oyster Catcher Killers, which is set on the beautiful barrier islands of North Carolina.
David Ashby, a graduate of Russellville High School, now a resident of Greensboro, N.C. has a bachelor degree from Western Kentucky University in Geography, with a double minor in History and Sociology. After serving two years in the United States Navy aboard the USS Forrestal, an Air Craft Carrier, Ashby went back to school and earned his secondary teaching certification. He taught American History and world Geography in the Kentucky school systems in the early 1990s. Ashby has three sons, Kyle 36, Matt 22, and Ryan 19; all three are serving proudly in the United States Navy.
This book portrays the struggle between man and the environment in a personal, perverse way. Two murderous psychopaths are using very creative methods to kill and land developers or real estate tycoons who threaten their beautiful and exotic treasure, their ecological fragile islands.
Ashby is very active in several local environmental groups himself such as Blue Ridge Defense League and Good Stewards of Rockingham Country. He enjoys the great beauty of North Carolina and has a tremendous desire to preserve the environment for future generations.
The book is set in the outer banks stretching from Duck, N.C. to Ocracoke Island, N.C. which is commonly known in history as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because of the thousands of ship wrecks that have occurred off her shores. The mixing of the cold Labrador Current and the warm water of the Gulf Stream have created the perfect meteorological storm. This unique quality has earned this area the reputation as one of the most dangerous places on earth for any ship caught in its deadly embrace, said Ashby. These fragile islands serve as a buffer zone against many ferocious hurricanes, that would have affected the interior of North Carolina, if not for their stubborn resistance to the onslaught of nature.
“After the gruesome murder of Ashby Harris, a beautiful and powerful real estate developer, special agent Kelli Mueller, a brand new graduate of the FBI profiler school in Quantico, Va. is assigned to the case,” said Ashby about his book. “Kelli along with Jake Ryan, a local unorthodox detective, will pursue these sadistic from Manteo to Cedar Island. The pair comes within two days of catching the exclusive killer on the remote Cedar Island, but the killer uses his great intellect and survival skills to evade his captures once again. As frustration mounts, a senior special agent is dispatched to aid Kelli in her apprehension of the killers. This case will test Kelli’s strength and determination; it will also challenge her skills to the point of exhaustion almost consuming her career and sanity.”
Ashby further explains his main character Kelli who is kidnapped by Jeremy Murphy, alias Hercules, and taken to Portsmouth Island.
“Jake Ryan will race against both man and nature to save his beloved. The brilliant killer planted significant evidence that incriminates Jake as the killer at that last murder scene, now both the SBI and FBI are closing in on Jake. As Jake races to save Kelli from the hideous and demonic killer, a powerful hurricane is bearing down on the island butting all their lives in danger,” stated Ashby.
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