by Mark Willen
It's his word against hers, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
When a teenager accuses a key official of a local charity of blackmailing her for sex—and
then abruptly disappears—a mystery turns into a crisis, raising concerns about the girl's
safety, the charity's survival, and the career and reputation of a man who says he is innocent.
Enter Jonas Hawke, retired lawyer and sage of Beacon Junction. Jonas has just agreed to oversee the
charitable group, a friend's attempt to help Jonas move past his grief over the death of his wife.
It's his job to uncover the facts and ensure that justice will be done.
Jonas is helped—and hindered—by the arrival of Dylan Walker and his eight-year-old son.
Why a single dad has chosen to move to a small town in Vermont to start a new life is a mystery that
tugs at Jonas, especially when Dylan develops an amorous interest in Jonas's married daughter.
Hawke's Return is the tale of a man groping his way back from the loss of his beloved soul
mate, even as he struggles with an intractable dilemma.
Praise for Hawke's Point
An inspiring read, Hawke's Point was elegantly and tightly written and told a story not just of
tense situations, but the people in them. Highly recommended.
~ Frances Carden, Reader's Lane reviews
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Mark Willen grew up and attended college in New England before embarking on a journalism career based in
Washington. He has been a reporter, editor, producer, columnist, and blogger at The Voice of America,
National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, Bloomberg News, and Kiplinger. He has published and
broadcast hundreds of nonfiction articles from datelines as varied as New York, Concord, N.H., Moscow,
Jerusalem, Cairo, Beijing, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town, South Africa.
Mark retired from full-time journalism in December 2010 to devote his energies to writing fiction. His
short stories have been published in The Rusty Nail, Corner Club Press, and The Boiler Review.
Hawke's Return is his second novel.
Mark also leads a writer's workshop for teenagers, and serves as a volunteer tax preparer for elderly and
low-income clients. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Janet.
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