Pre-sales have begun on Timothy Kessler's first novella, “A Long Road To Nowhere,” published by BHCpress.

Kessler, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, is the editor of The Eagle Democrat in Warren. He started his career at the Chadron Record in Chadron, Nebraska, is a former night editor and copy editor at El Dorado News-Times, former managing editor of Ashley News Observer and Wynne Progress, former copy editor at The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky, and Aiken Standard in Aiken, South Carolina, and has worked a total of about 35 years in newspapers.

Presales are available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino. The book is available in eBook and softcover. The book officially releases June 2. A book signing will be held at Warren Branch Library in Warren from 6-7 p.m. Friday, June 2. Kessler will also have a booth at the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival in Warren on June 9-10 along with fellow author Carl Barger.

Following is a synopsis of the book:

“A chain of explosive events is set in motion as Ashley Jean Devareaux dies in a horrific traffic accident in Finley County, Arkansas. The quiet nearby town of Goatneck, which formerly had a very low crime rate, finds itself embroiled in the spectre of a serial rapist who pulls over unsuspecting females by using a blue light on his car and then takes them out onto isolated dirt roads and rapes them.

“No one is safe and the community is thrown into a panic that goes on for some time. In the meantime, they have to also contend with a teenage boy who apparently likes to kill. Did he have the makings of a serial killer? Was he involved later with the murder of a sweet, innocent little girl? And what was really going on in Goatneck City Court? Was the judge fooling around with his court reporter in sex games?

“Did she have a role in Ashley's death? And was he taking bribes? Sheriff Bart Bartles takes out his frustrations by kicking and beating prisoners. Prosecutor John Paul Jones III tries to use grand juries to gain indictments, but is he being vindictive, going after the wrong people, or simply seeking justice for all? Tensions also boil over as the town takes sides in an explosive strike at a major employer. Will Goatneck and Finley County, Arkansas, ever recover from the turmoil or will 'A Long Road To Nowhere' claim its own victims along the way?”