New Ken Burger novel completes S.C. trilogy

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013

“Salkehatchie Soup,” the third novel in Ken Burger’s trilogy of South Carolina stories, will be released March 2 by Evening Post Books.

As in Burger’s previous tales (“Swallow Savannah” and “Sister Santee”), the cast of characters includes the powerful and the pitiful, both working through the options life presents them.

In his usual no-holds-barred style, Burger’s tale of the Adger family continues from cushy golf resorts to a one-hole course in the middle of nowhere.

Along the way, even small, seemingly private lives are caught up in the politics, crime, and intrigue of Miami, Manhattan and Washington, D.C.

In Burger’s mangy imagination, political bargains made in the cloakrooms of Congress impact both those who have fallen from grace and those who urgently seek it.

In his first novel, “Swallow Savannah,” Burger wrote about the collision of the Cold War and Civil Rights in the area around the Savannah River Site where plutonium for atomic weapons was produced in the 1950s and ’60s.

In “Sister Santee,” he spun and all-too-believable yarn about the pine plantations and racial uneasiness in the 1970s and ’80s.

With “Salkehatchie Soup,” Burger returns to his birthplace to expose the remains of 50 years of nuclear waste buried in our beautiful state.

Evening Post Books and Morris Nissan will host the “Salkehatchie Soup” book launch and author signing on March 2 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Morris Nissan, 1714 Savannah Highway.

Admission is free, refreshments will be served and parking will be available. Burger will be selling and signing copies of the book.

“Salkehatchie Soup” will be available March 4 for $26.95 online at www.eveningpostbooks.com and www.amazon.com, inside the Post-Courier Building at 134 Columbus St. in Charleston and in local bookstores.

Bulk sales are available upon request by contacting Evening Post Books at 843-958-7367.


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