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Texas: Keller, Part 2

Fort Worth on the Trinity River

Keller, Texas, located in the Eastern Cross Timbers region, is on U.S. Highway 377 approximately fifteen miles north of Fort Worth in northeast Tarrant County. The town was settled in the early 1850s, although some pioneers had come to the area prior to this date. One of the earlier settlers was Daniel Barcroft who founded Mount Gilead Baptist Church in 1852. One street near the church is named after him, but was misspelled and reads Bancroft Road.

In 1879, rumors spread that the Texas and Pacific Railway planned to push into the northern district of the county prompting more pioneers to gravitate to the region to be close to the railway route. They called their settlement Athol.

Hoping to have a permanent stop on the line, and supposedly at the urging of a Texas Pacific official named Keller, the settlers agreed to name their town Keller if Athol became a stop on the rail line. Evidently, Athol got their whistle-stop. In 1882 the town abstracts show the town as Keller.

Earlier settlers described the Cross Timbers region as being a dense forest of oaks, so impenetrable that they could not pass on horseback without felling some trees. Here the new Texans built homes, grew their gardens, raised peaches and pears, and—hogs—for the area had a plentiful supply of acorns from all the oak trees. Grapevines grew wild and profuse and the close proximity of the Trinity River supplied them with game, but more importantly the water source they needed for cattle raising and farming. 

Today, those early pioneers have long departed this earth, but I have to wonder, did they leave behind a feral legacy? You decide: Southlake Feral Hog Population

Side note: At 710 miles long, the Trinity is the longest river that flows exclusively in the state of Texas. Its four branches include the West Fork, Clear Fork, Elm Fork and East Fork.

CLON-X

Book four in the Darcy McClain and Bullet Thriller Series—CLON-X. Pronunciation of CLON-X: CLON rhymes with dawn, and X for X chromosome.

It all began with an early morning walk on the trails at Bear Creek Park in Keller, Texas. Darcy, and her canine partner in real life, a giant schnauzer, find a trash bag bobbing in the water.

In reality, what did the bag contain? What most trash bags contain—trash.

But a writer’s imagination mustn’t end there. Too mundane.

The trash bag had to be a military laundry sack issued by the army, and the sack had to contain—human remains.

Body parts, right? No, not gruesome enough. Why not pulverized flesh, and to top off the grinds—an intact human hand.

As for the remains, the Tarrant County coroner confirms them as being the body of renown geneticist—Catherine “Cate” Lord, who has been receiving death threats for her alleged research on human cloning.

Early on, suspicion falls on Fred Watts of Zyclon, an advocacy group diametrically opposed to stem cell research and human cloning.

Darcy is in Texas for two reasons: to appease her sister Charlene by attending Vicky Lord’s wedding, and the opportunity to visit her best friend Samantha Logan. Upon learning of Cate’s demise, Max Lord, Cate’s eldest brother, begs Darcy to assist with the investigation, but she resists. 

But Darcy’s biggest downfall is her curiosity. With time on her hands, she secretly dabbles in the investigation, slowly hooking herself, yet not fully committing until she receives several messages from Cate—prophesying her own demise and imploring Darcy to find her killer.

Complicating Cate’s murder investigation is the revival of a cold case that leads Darcy into a deadly confrontation with the Lord family. 

In the midst of all this chaos, Bullet helps root out Cate’s murderer. But does he have the talent to crack the cold case? 

A Word From Bullet

When we took a hiatus from posting to our blog we had no idea we’d be gone this long. No one has to remind you how difficult 2020 has been for many, and the challenges that remain into the beginning of 2021.

For us, progress on the literary front has been slow due to personal and professional (pandemic related) setbacks, but we’re still forging ahead with book four—CLON-X. As soon as we have a release date, you’ll be the first to know.

Until then, we will be promoting CLON-X via a series of blog posts. We’re excited about setting a book in North Texas, and I am personally thrilled about playing a major role in my fourth adventure with my partner Darcy McClain.