Jerre Morrissey, author of two adventure/murder mystery books, will be in Clay City on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the South Branch of the Brazil Public Library for a book-signing event in support of the proposed Community Center in Goshorn Park. The library is located on Main Street just south of the Ford dealership.
Morrissey is the pen name of Jerre Cline of Terre Haute, grandson of Bob Henkel, the founding editor of The Brazil Daily Times.
Cline is the author of two murder mystery/adventure books, "The O'Hare Megillah," and "Suzanne and the Casa Lunita," published by Xlibris, Philadelphia, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Patricia Wilkinson, newly retired Clay City Junior-Senior High School librarian, assisted Morrissey in editing both books.
The adventures in "The O'Hare Megillah" take readers from the legal and illegal arms scene and small-town U.S.A. through the polished realms of international finance and the drug underworld. The tale intertwines the sibling rivalry and love stories of a Boston Catholic family's daughters, an ingenious crime and the Swiss detective's own romance. Vibrant women challenge more than one character in "Suzanne and the Casa Lunita," a prequel to the first book. The story features a precocious teenage schoolgirl determined to be part of the action as Inspector Berndt Oliver pursues kidnappers, killers and mobsters across Western Europe.
Indianapolis-born Morrissey was a Korean War military historian who was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, with service extending into Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He honed his writing skills at the Evanston Review, and later taught high school on Chicago's Gold Coast. He then joined the staff of a large insurance company in Chicago, and was transferred to Atlanta. Following five years in the hub of the New South, he returned to Indiana and his first love, education. After serving as a high school principal, he went on to earn a Ph.D. at Indiana State University and was director of client operations for Child-Adult Resource Services in the Wabash Valley. For many years he was a volunteer counselor at various penitentiaries interacting with murderers, gunrunners and drug lords.