Be careful stepping off the train. Purcell Station is noted for its bevy of stray dogs and snarling alley cats. Some are dangerous, as Garrett Gentry found out on his arrival. If you haven’t already read that, you will. The people, however, are all nice and friendly, with a few exceptions. You’ll read about them soon enough.
Several people have asked why Purcell Station for the title of this novel. I could say it was a figment of my imagination, but that wouldn’t be the whole truth. In fact, it is taken from an old whistle-stop on the L & N railroad south of Vincennes, Indiana. It is extinct now, but it once housed a train station, a general store, a post office, a grammar school, and a couple of houses. There’s nothing left now but one lone reminder: a green road sign along Highway 41 showing” Purcell Station Road.”
The real setting of this novel is on down the track about five miles. It’s the town of my ancestors, and let me tell you what a town it was! It had some characters and some shady stuff going on, and a lot of secrets. But I won’t spill the beans. That’s why you’re going to read the book, and I don’t want to spoil it for you. So, enjoy. Let me know if there is anything you don’t understand. Just remember, it’s fiction, sorta.