Arizona native and Tempe author George Poteet has announced the distribution of a historical suspense story principally set in the Verde Valley. The novel, titled A Jerome Affair, is the author's second book.
A book signing is planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Hooked on Books, 148 S. Main St., Cottonwood.
The story takes place in 1948. Ex-Marine Jack Marrisan is trying to put his life together after serving in World War II. He kicks around Phoenix for a time but decides to return to his hometown roots in Jerome, Arizona, the once-booming copper mining town facing severe economic decline. There, he receives news about a young lady's fatal car crash.
The local police call the crash an accident, but Marrisan is not as sure. Was it simply misfortune, was it suicide, or was it something more sinister? Marrisan soon discovers that his quest to find the facts comes at a cost.
The author's parents were born and raised in Jerome, leaving the area in the mid-1940s. His father, John M. Poteet, remained in Phoenix until his passing in 2007. His mother, Lila (Morrison) Slater, currently lives in Sedona.
"My family has had a long love affair with northern Arizona, particularly the Verde Valley," Poteet said. "My grandparents moved into the area in the 1920s and we continue to visit regularly. It's a region of our state that is rich in history and intrigue, and it's exciting to see the town of Jerome come back after nearly disappearing in the 1950s.
"I've thought for years about writing a novel set in the area," Poteet explained, "and now that it's accomplished I'd like to try another one."
Poteet began his career in the newspaper business, first with the Prescott (Arizona) Daily Courier and then employed at the now-defunct Phoenix Gazette. He moved into longtime employment in corporate communications with Salt River Project in Phoenix, and is now authoring books.
Poteet initially wrote non-fiction.
After the loss of his wife to breast cancer in 2007, he was moved to write his first book, a memoir of their 32-year marriage called Our Ride. It is available as an e-book on Amazon.com.
George Poteet earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Arizona State University.
He is a U.S. Army veteran who began his career as a reporter for the The Prescott Daily Courier. He has more than 20 years experience in print journalism and corporate communications, and he has earned several awards for company publications from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
He is now proprietor of a small writing/editing service called Write Plus.