Toker’s Blood by Arthur “Butch” Carroll was published by The Ardent Writer Press on September 29, 2014.

Front Cover of Toker's Blood by Arthur "Butch" Carroll

Front Cover of Toker’s Blood by Arthur “Butch” Carroll

The crime thriller, Toker’s Blood, like the era it is set, the chaotic Sixties, is both adrenaline rush and sweetly naive, taking you back to the music and fun-loving trait of the time but revealing the explosion to culture (or counter culture) in its roots.

It is best stated on the back cover:

On Friday nights at Hilda’s Drive-In, teenagers Burt Carron and his buddies dance all too closely with their dates to the stimulating “Motown” beat of the Sixties. Then on Saturday nights they guzzle beer and burn rubber around town in their muscle cars. There is no police intervention. Instead, the small town chief, Chief Larry Spivey, looks the other way.

For years Oak Bottom, Alabama has been a small Southern town most citizens believe insulated from big city crime, even as it grew around them amidst the culture-changing decade of the 1960s. But neither Chief Spivey or the citizens of Oak Bottom can hide their heads in the sand any longer after one of the young men disappears and one crime after another leads everyone to the adder in their midst.

Toker’s Blood is a glimpse of a last fleeting decade of innocence when ignorance was bliss, even as rock’n roll was cool. Nonetheless, the enlightenment of youth to the illusions around them is quickened by the dark side of a rising drug culture in small town U.S.A.

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Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.