Leland E. Hale :: Author's Page

Books

what happened in craig
    What Happened In Craig: On a foggy afternoon in September of 1982 the Investor, a salmon fishing vessel, was engulfed in flames near the tiny village of Craig, Alaska. All efforts to stop the blaze were repulsed by the heat and fury of fire—until the blaze had run its course. Eight people, including a pregnant woman and two small children, were missing. On the charred wreck of the Investor, Alaska State Troopers hoped to find evidence that the fire was accidental, and that the crew and family were away from the scene. Instead, they found bullet-ridden bodies.
butcher, baker
    Butcher, Baker: a true-crime work about serial killer Robert Hansen. Hansen murdered up to 35 young women in Alaska over the decade starting in the 1970s. A world-class hunter and pilot, he used the Alaska bush as the ultimate killing field. Many of his victims were topless dancers and prostitutes, catering to pipleline workers in Alaska to strike it rich. One of his to-be victims, a seventeen year old prostitute, managed to escape. Her tale of chains and ropes and guns ultimately led to Hansen's arrest and confession. The movie, The Frozen Ground, starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, was inspired by this work.
butcher, baker
    Huck Finn Is Dead: a novel featuring Carney James, a fourteen year old runaway. His father's in jail. His mother is missing in action. A well-meaning judge sends him to live with a Christian family. When things don't work out as planned, Carney ends up on the streets. Thus begins an epic journey across America. He wants to find his mother. He wants to find justice. What he gets is the adventure of a lifetime, sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes absurd, never predictable.