Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 4:42PM
In the shadow
First in-depth Younger historical novel by their foremost biographer
Author Marley Brant’s non-fiction books have been featured in People Magazine and the New York Times, been the basis for programs on VH1 and A&E, and served as the primary research for hours of television on the History channel, TBS, CMT, the Biography channel and PBS. Now Brant announces the publication of her first historical novel, In the Shadow, published in late August by Incarnat Books and available through Amazon in trade paperback and on Kindle and iPad.
Captivating and controversial, In the Shadow, is the story of Bob Younger, the sixth of the Younger Brothers of Missouri. As a boy, Bob’s privileged life is irrevocably altered through a horrific series of events during the Kansas-Missouri Border War and ensuing War Between the States. After his brother Cole becomes immersed in the deadly guerilla force of William Clarke Quantrill, a vendetta is launched against the Youngers by men who won’t be satisfied until the family’s home, enterprises, land and lives are systematically destroyed. As Bob grows into his adolescence, Cole turns to a life of outlawry and the list of his enemies grows longer and more determined. Despite Bob’s efforts to live his own life, he finds it nearly impossible to be considered individually beyond Cole’s reputation. After Bob experiences a devastating personal loss, the charismatic Jesse James entices him with promises of retribution against those they believe won’t allow them the opportunities to which they feel entitled. Only Bob wants something that Cole and Jesse probably don’t understand; but what he wants is just out of his reach. Now Bob has to make a big decision. So do his brothers. Yet this time, Bob holds the cards. If only he can leave behind the boy who always stood in the shadow...
“After focusing on music biography for so long, it’s exciting to return to the subject of my very first book,” says author Marley Brant. “I know some people may have an issue with the way I present Bob’s story, as this story has never been told in this way, but that’s okay. This is the story my familiarity with the subjects, some unpublished letters and statements, and my decades of research has led me to tell. This deviates from many of the accounts with which they are familiar but this is, after all, a historical novel. This is a multi-colored version; In the Shadow is the way it might have been…”
Brant’s books The Outlaw Youngers: A Confederate Brotherhood and Jesse James: The Man and the Myth were both recognized with the Milton F. Perry Award for extensive research and contribution to American history. Brant has been employed in the entertainment industry as a biographical writer, music and television producer and artist development executive. She is the author of eight non-fiction books about outlaws, television and rock music. Brant lived in Lee’s Summit in the eighties while researching the Youngers. Brant also designed and bought the tombstones for Bob, Jim and Bursheba Younger who are buried in the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery.