Three Day Nights

Upper Middle: Patrolman Dan Good and Patrolman “Pete” Peterson. This picture was taken two weeks prior to Peterson’s murder. Upper Right: Sheriff Dan J. Good. Lower Left: Patrolman “Pete” Peterson. Lower Right: Patrolman Dan Good bringing the killer out of the woods after a thirteen-hour manhunt — the largest in NC history. 

Domestic Abuse. Poverty. Depression. Violence. Alcoholism. Drugs. Forgiveness. Sentence. Murder. Senseless. Grace. Mercy. Graduation. Manhunt. Dogs. Guns. Rifles. Trooper. Deputies. Lethal Injection. Capital Punishment. Repentance. Sins. Adultery. Bible. Hunting. Killing. Tracking.

Three Day Nights is a page-turner that recalls the senseless and cold-blooded murders of three dedicated law officers and explores the possibility of forgiveness in the wake of the darkest sins. This book is an intersection of facts and fiction – an amalgam of events, rumored stories, composite characters, and imagination and one impacted by a myriad of issues:  domestic abuse, poverty, depression, violence, and alcoholism.

The story reminds us that our sins are equal in the eyes of God, and no matter what sins we commit in our lifetime, God’s grace and mercy offers unconditional love and forgiveness when it is accepted with remorse and repentance. Jesus’s death on the cross paid the price for our sins.

I began writing Three Day Nights fifteen years ago after my respect and admiration grew for the family members, friends, and co-workers who recounted the events of May 31, 1979, and their stories of endurance, anguish, and quieted memories in order to survive their worst nightmares. I finished Three Day Nights with the hope and a whispered prayer that events like these won’t happen again.

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