Resurrected in Rosedale
The story of one man's return home after being thought of as 'killed in action' during the Vietnam war. Harwood's return, prompted by his father's death, uncovers an ugly series of murders in this seemingly idyllic small town near Salt Lake City, Utah. Religion, delusion, conspiracy, as well as good old schizophrenia move the story to a dramatic conclusion as Harwood becomes an amateur sleuth. More
Harwood, a Vietnam veteran who joined the army in 1966 in order to escape conflict at home, now finds himself returning to that sleepy town after forty-six years. Pronounced dead after his last mission in Southeast Asia, he used that as an excuse to begin a new life in Corvallis, Oregon several hundred miles from Rosedale, his hometown in the southwest corner of Salt Lake Valley, Utah. From there Harwood moved to Costa Mesa, California with his new wife and became not only a successful psychologist, but a wealthy real estate investor. Divorced from his wealthier and constantly unfaithful wife, his present world is turned upside down at the news of his father’s death.
Returning to Rosedale, Harwood must face the folks back home and resurrect his life. He quickly finds that his father’s death could not have been from a heart attack and joins with local law enforcement to investigate possible murder. Old flames, old friends and haunting memories plague his long-forgotten past. And a group home filled with mentally challenged men has replaced the polygamist family that had lived at the end of the country lane before he left.
Harwood must also face his aunt’s delusion and possible dementia surrounding the Mormon religion he shunned as a boy. Friends, family members, city officials, out-of-state developers, and religious leaders enter into the mix of suspects, along with connections to South American drug lords. Meanwhile, Harwood makes new friends, renews old friendships and finds that the hometown he escaped from four and an half decades earlier has an appeal that convinces him to move back.