The Prison

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Joe Edd Morris

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A daring prison escape, a kidnapped daughter’s flight from militia, a granddad’s sleuthing merge with the FBI foiling a plot to blow up Mississippi River bridges.



Short Summary

In The Prison, Shell Ferguson visits his incarcerated grandson Cal with tragic news: his daughter, wife, and grandmother have perished in a fire. Cal must rely on his grandfather to uncover the suspicious circumstances of the blaze, as clues unfold to establish his innocence and domestic terrorism

From plots to blow up Mississippi River bridges to threats on their lives, grandfather and grandson take a series of risks, including Cal’s daring prison escape, to save the remnants of their family and southern community so disturbingly infiltrated.


Mississippi Delta

Based on a True Story


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Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Shell Ferguson

Age: 79

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Modest,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Cal Ferguson

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Underdog,Modest,Religious,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Shelley

Age: 6

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Modest,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Funny

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Development Pitch

This story is about a 79 year old clever, Matlock-type amateur sleuth who plots to free his innocent son from prison. In the process, he uncovers a nefarious scheme by a domestic violence group to blow up Mississippi River bridges. He is aided by his 6 year old granddaughter who has been kidnapped by and escapes from the evil schemers; and his son who daringly escapes from the terror infested prison; the three coming talents and derring-do in the denouement to save the day. This is a news timely story, with engaging, attractive and clever characters of differing ages and backgrounds. Sprinkled with charming humor, a compelling spiritual message threads the dynamic and compelling action.

About The Author

Joe Edd Morris is the author of the novels Land Where My Fathers Died, The Last Page and several non-fiction works including Revival of the Gnostic Heresy: Fundamentalism and Ten Things I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said. His short fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals with a nomination for the Pushcart Prize.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Mississippi Delta with a universal theme

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available