Redefining the Classroom

Former English major Chris Zimmerman (‘87) has released his fourth novel, Forty Mile Point.

forty mile point coverMuch like his previous three novels, Forty Mile Point has an outdoorsy flavor, a suspense-filled plot, and a delightful twist at the end.   The opening chapter chronicles the disappearance of a man and a woman on a breezy, August afternoon in northern Lake Huron.  The woman was an attorney who represented some of Michigan’s most notorious polluters; the man was a congressional aide whose body was never found.  Local police departments aren’t convinced that the incident was an accident because of the stash of clues left behind.  The case is further complicated by a letter written by the man to the story’s main character, reporter Derrick Twitchell: “I know I’m going to be murdered, but I don’t know when or where.”  

Twitchell was introduced in Zimmerman’s third novel, The Covenant Field, which was released in 2007.  His lovable, bumbling ways have endeared the hearts of readers from all over the Mid-West. 

Zimmerman uses settings for Forty Mile Point that are familiar to the residents of Michigan.  The Presque Isle lighthouse on the northeast shore plays a significant role, as does a jazz club on Detroit’s north side.  Marion, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Gaylord and the Governor’s Mansion are featured.  The cover image (Holland Lighthouse) was taken by Jenifer Selwa, from Newaygo.  

Chris Zimmerman has been a writer for the past 20 years, with articles published in many magazines and newspapers.  Before The Covenant Field, he published The Secret-Keeper (2005) and Intentional Acts (2004).  Best-selling author, Sue Harrison (from Pickford, MI) describes Chris as “a fine, fine writer…of a quality equal to and often surpassing the biggest names in the suspense field.”

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