Swains Lock by Edward A. Stabler
Approx. 117,680 words.
Published on February 2, 2010.
Vin Illick finds a note from 1924 in an old shed next to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The note alludes to killings at Swains Lock and a gravesite with buried money. Though his fiancee wants him to get a job, Vin becomes obsessed with finding the gravesite. In the process he learns that the past won’t stay buried, and that a confrontation with destiny and vengeance awaits him at Swains Lock.