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Author Roger Simpson
August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Boulder Junction Public Library presents author, Roger Simpson, on Thursday, August 4, 7 pm, at the Boulder Junction Community Center. Roger will be discussing his book, The Truth in Hope.
Set against the contrasting backdrops of Wisconsin’s pristine Northwoods known as God’s country, and the hustle and bustle of the Windy City unfolds a mystery of unique characters with complicated pasts and conflicting agendas – the innocent, the socialites, the vigilantes, the village chief of police, the world-weary veteran detective, and the trust fund slacker.
When the body of a twenty-six-year-old neer-do-well from an elite family of Chicago’s North Shore is found half-consumed by wildlife with a single bullet hole in his head and even fewer witnesses, a veteran Wisconsin homicide detective Bennett Coleman is called upon to assemble the pieces of this masterful puzzle.
Roger Simpson was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Six years later his family moved to Wheaton, a Chicago suburb about 30 miles due west of the loop. He was awarded an Evans Scholarship attending Northwestern University where he graduated in 1970 with a degree in History.
With the Vietnam war raging, Roger enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in July of 1970. Following active duty, he began law school at Chicago’s John Marshall in the fall of 1971. Upon graduation, he moved to Monticello, Illinois, a small downstate town nestled between Champaign and Decatur. His general practice of law evolved to a criminal trial practice.
In 1981, he was appointed Public Defender for Piatt County. In 1988, he switched seats at the counsel table and was elected State’s Attorney, serving three terms in that office. In 2006, he was appointed lead prosecutor in two capital murder trials. In 2018, with more than 75 jury trials under his belt and 45 years of criminal litigation, he retired from his last tenure as Public Defender.
Roger continues to reside in Monticello but also feels at home in Chicago and Boise, Idaho where his three children and six grandchildren live. At the ripe old age of 72, he wrote his first novel, The Truth in Hope.
This event is free and open to the public. Roger will be selling and signing his books. Refreshments will be served. For questions and further information, please call the library at 715-385-2050.