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Purkey to sign book at Hastings Saturday

KINGMAN - What if the government secretly implanted undetectable tracking devices inside everyone on the planet? Some people think this has already happened, but Dan Purkey, a local Kingman author, has taken the concept and turned it into a novel.

Purkey has lived in Kingman for over a year and recently put the finishing touches on "Trackers," an idea he originally had 25 years ago. Over the last few years, he's ramped up his writing as he found time around more conventional employment. Purkey said, "You can't imagine how gratifying it is to finally see a real book after so long tinkering with it. Writing the basic book was the easy part. It was the editing and re-editing that took the time to get it just right."

The plot is this: In the course of an otherwise routine missing person case, private detective Jack Dugan stumbles onto a covert operation that effectively controls everyone on the planet. Through cellular-sized implants, The Council tracks and records where anyone is at any given time without their knowledge. Humankind's freedom hangs on the ability of a cynical, bicycle-riding PI to operate at a level of intrigue he's never experienced, battling powers determined to destroy him and the knowledge he gains in the course of his investigation.

"Trackers," in the mold of a classic detective thriller, takes you on an entertaining, action-packed, disturbing journey of what could be.

Writing apparently runs in the family. Purkey's wife, Terrie, is a weekly contributor to Miner with a series of articles on interior design.

This is Purkey's first novel. He's previously been published in various trade publications. His humorous short story, "The Legend of the Groundhog Day Hearing" is included in an anthology titled Writer's Bloc by the Henderson Writers' Group.

He was editor of and had a regular column in the US WEST Diversity Newsletter for two years. In addition, he authored more than 70 pieces of subject matter used as expert testimony for public utilities hearings, with an eye toward uniquely engaging his audience versus dryly informing them.

"My philosophy is that if you're going to read something, you should at least be entertained, regardless of the subject matter," Purkey said. "While my style was unconventional for legal proceedings, I think it helped better communicate the points I needed to make. So, ironically, it was writing for lawyers that gave me the confidence to create a novel."

"Trackers" is available through in paperback and as an e-book on Kindle. You can also purchase it locally at Hastings Books beginning Aug. 28.

There will be a book signing at Hastings Books (3153 Stockton Hill Road) on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop in, buy a book, and get it personally autographed by the author.

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