Summary of The Plan and ISBN Numbers
“It’s a murder mystery thriller about…

“Two murdered lawyers who knew too much about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a murdered detective who REALLY knew too much about JFK’s assassination, and life in the Mississippi delta, with a quick trip to Ecuador!” Susan Klopfer
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The Plan, historical fiction,  originates with the death of a white Vicksburg, Mississippi private detective who shoots himself in the groin while cleaning his favorite rifle after a dove hunt. The state pathologist, a man nationally known for his amazingly quick (and frequently sloppy work) calls it a suicide, but detective John D. Sullivan’s demise has a twist: it takes place after Sullivan leaves his temporary job in New Orleans working for an old FBI boss, Guy Banister, who dies strangely just six months after President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.

Forty-seven years later Clinton Moore, a quiet and effective, gay black Mississippi Delta lawyer, takes a second look at Sullivan‘s murder after Moore’s best friend and gay lover ends up dead. Moore is told by his friend’s wife it was a suicide, but Moore doesn’t believe it. He fears his friend, Joe Means, may have discovered a secret about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while working to solve civil rights cold cases, something Moore has been doing as well, in his spare time. 

Readers will travel from the Mississippi Delta to Cuenca, Ecuador and into the Andes, as a talented paralegal tries to save the wife of her (now) dead boss’s dead best friend, who has become an expat. A compromised journalist gets involved, with interference (good and bad) from an Embassy attaché, a Cuenca chef and a very old CIA agent. 

ISBN-10:  0-9826049-7-1

ISBN-13:  978-0-9826049-7-7

The Plan is set for publication in July of 2013.

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The Plan was inspired by my two years of living in the Mississippi Delta, a crescent of small counties that edge the Mississippi River between Memphis and Vicksburg. When historian James Cobb wrote about the Delta’s intriguing history, a brutal period of time that began before the end of the Civil War, he called this region The Most Southern Place On Earth, because the Delta remains in some ways how it was in 1860: a land of rich soil, wealthy planters, and desperate poverty.

The Delta represents the blackest and poorest counties in the entire South. Yet this region is treasure trove of fascinating culture. It is, for instance,-the home of the Delta Blues, and a place where of some of the most famous southern musicians have lived – like Son House, Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King. Through the talents of its musicians, writers, and poets is woven a fascinating tapestry of survival, of strong and brave people living in a society and economy described as the most harsh in all the South. Their stories of poverty and oppression, from before the Civil War to the battles of the civil rights era and continuing through today, illuminate why the Delta fascinates tellers of history, and why it captured my heart.

We lived there, on the grounds of an infamous prison, Parchman Penitentiary. For two years, I roamed the Delta’s plantations and small towns, taking photographs and learning enough to write several short Delta nonfiction books focusing on the murder of fourteen year-old Emmett Till, whose killing near the small cotton town of Drew was a spark that ignited the modern civil rights movement; Till’s violent death helped motivate Rosa Parks to move ahead with her decision to sit at the front of a city bus in Montgomery.

There was another reason for writing this book. I do not believe for a moment the official stories we have been fed regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Am I a crazy conspiricist? No – just a conspiracy believer, and definitely not crazy.I list my favorite JFK assassination books in the appendix of this novel.
In writing The Plan, I appreciate the valuable help received from my mother, Betty Orr, a wonderful writer who is always my inspiration, and from my husband, Fred, who has helped me along the way, offering special words and creative ideas. He is terrific with analogies! I also appreciate help from the Cuenca Writer’s In Transition Group, whose members gave me critical critiques along the way, as well those special people of the Delta who shared their stories and their time. Help also came from dedicated JFK researcher John Bevilaqua. He is tireless in his efforts to uncover the truth about JFK’s assassination.

In The Plan, you will find several names of real people, authentic heroes who played vital roles in the modern civil rights movement. This book, however, is a work of historical fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either come from my imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Susan Klopfer
Cuenca, Ecuador