Hess’ novels were chosen as finalists in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing competition in 2015 and 2019, and an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2018 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest. Besides a successful businessman, he has been a community Economic Development specialist, an Army Bomb Disposal Instructor, and, for decades, taught Bible Study for children and adults. Raised in Ohio, he now lives in Louisiana close to his grandchildren.
The 1950’s was a time of new homes, television, astronauts, new cars, and rock and roll. It was also a time of nuclear threats and deadly polio. Out of this challenging decade comes the enchanting story of a ten-year-old boy from the Midwest showing a small town the meaning of toughness and tenacity.
The Shawnee Indian treasure was a myth, they said. Nowhere to be found, except in the legends and tall tales of the region. Despite his polio, despite his poverty, despite his fractured family, Jesse Hall believes the stories and discovers irresistible clues in the courthouse clock tower.
With each twist and turn, Jesse learns to overcome all that life can throw at him. He leads his Boy Scout pal, his nineteen-year-old nurse, and the local county historian in a quest for the mythical treasure – a hunt that yields a most unexpected discovery.