McHenry publishes two books

By Abigail Osborn - PDT Contributor



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A new chapter begins for attorney John McHenry.

McHenry from South Webster is the new author of two recently published books titled “Derby and “Black Lick Creek” and the “City of Broken People”.

From heart-pounding races at the Kentucky Derby with physic hippy to a “dark coming-of-age tale” (McHenry) with cosmic influences, McHenry’s books are guaranteed to have something for everybody.

“Part Fiction, part real, and the rest is somewhere in between,”McHenry said.

Set in the same time frame as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, McHenry’s first book Derby brings us back to 1967, to two Ohio University college friends who hitchhike their way across the country to the Derby in a story that the Kirkus Reviews describes as “an entertaining romp with a complex emotional core.”

The race of a lifetime is taking place that year, where favorite Damascus is pitted against long shot underdog Proud Clarion, and with the promise of massive winnings, Mac and Weber just can’t stay away. On this wild ride they encounter a disturbed veteran, exotic dancers, and a hippie who always seems to place the right bet.

Will they win they win it all or come in second place?

For McHenry, the story brings light to an event of his past, where he himself hitchhiked with a friend to his first Derby in 1996. He was entranced went to the next 41 Derby races, but by other means of transportation.

“This is not a story for the weak,”McHenry said.

Some horrors don’t end when Halloween passes. In McHenry’s second book, “Black Lick Creek and the City of Broken People,” three children take their chance in a world plagued by abuse, neglect, and adversity.

Carla, Dean, and Lyle band together to overcome their tribulations with assistance from cosmic forces of the sun, moon, and North star. The national reviewing agency for books praises the title, claiming “ [T]he somber tale remains provocative all the way to the last page. An enticing story that derives its energy from its unflinching point of view. The story also reflects on McHenry’s own life, it’s based on his own experience as a clinical psychologist and a prosecutor for the Scioto County Juvenile Court.

When asked about the story, McHenry simply stated “The story has a happy ending – sort of”.

His books can be found on Amazon and Kindle.

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By Abigail Osborn

PDT Contributor