Meet the Author: Book Talk/Signing
Arnold Dyre: Mississippi author from Madison, MS
At Judge George W. Armstrong Library
Thursday, September 11th
Starting at 5PM and concluding at 6:30PM
Arnold Dyre is a Navy veteran and retired lawyer who writes a weekly newspaper column for the Grenada Star in Grenada, Mississippi. Dyre says that he operates on the notion that life should not be taken too seriously. Filled with nostalgic humor and tales of a well-spent youth growing up in the rural South, his first two books, HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS and HOME AGAIN, provoke one's own fond memories of life in simpler times. The books are calculated to make you smile or maybe even laugh out loud.
Dyre was born in Montgomery County and started school at Kilmichael. His family moved to Grenada County's Gore Springs Community when Arnold was in the second grade and he was in the last class to graduate from Gore Springs' Eighth Grade before the school was closed. Arnold then went to Grenada's John Rundle High School and graduated in 1963. He married Beverly Biddy from Grenada, who was one class behind him at John Rundle. They both attended Ole Miss. Married now for 45 years, the couple reside in Madison, Mississippi.
Dyre's most recent literary work is a legal thriller crime mystery novel titled UNTRUTHS AND TRUTHS UNTOLD. It is the first in a planned series of mystery novels featuring Mississippi lawyer Jake Baker and his investigator, Joe Bremer, who are attached by a special bond formed by experiences together during the Vietnam War. The front cover of UNTRUTHS AND TRUTHS UNTOLD features a portion of The Vietnam Wall bearing the name of Larry L. Cunningham from Louisville, Mississippi. Dyre and Cunningham were fraternity brothers and roommates at Ole Miss during their college days. Dyre says that never-to-be-forgotten memories of fallen comrades of the Vietnam War helped fuel the writing of his novel. The book is not about Larry Cunningham but Dyre decided to use the photograph of his own first visit to The Wall on the cover of his book as a lasting tribute to his friend who died a hero's death in the Vietnam War.
The setting for Dyre’s intriguing tale of political corruption, murder, and a trial lawyer's devotion to duty is fictional St. Claire City, a small Mississippi town located between Natchez and Baton Rouge. A hundred years earlier, St. Claire City had been a river port alongside the Mississippi River but changes in the course of the mighty "Father of Waters" left the once-thriving port city to virtually die on the vine and, today, among the massive oak and cypress trees, thickly laden with Spanish moss, not-so-well-kept antebellum homes, fronting hand-fired brick streets, stand as evidence of the town's past splendor.
The novel opens with Jake Baker in New Orleans on a short vacation with his wife, Bonnie, when an urgent telephone call is received from an old friend, Dumas McNeil, the editor of a small weekly newspaper in St. Claire City. Learning that Dumas is likely to be charged with the murder of the local County Attorney, Jake goes into action and the reader is taken along in and out of court as the Mississippi lawyer does his job. Aided by an investigator who is an old comrade from the Vietnam War, the lawyer, Jake, haunted by untold secrets from his own wartime experience, is required during the course of the saga to deal with a tangle of untruths and truths untold, from whence comes the title of the book.
Arnold Dyre's rural Mississippi upbringing coupled with his experiences as a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and the knowledge amassed via years as a Jackson, Mississippi trial lawyer with cases throughout the state as well as in a number of out-of-state jurisdictions, permit him to write with a degree of realism not often achieved.
Dyre debuted his novel at the Coffeeville Public Library and then performed book talk/book signing events at the Batesville Public Library, the Winston County Public Library in Louisville, and at the Elizabeth Jones Library in Grenada. On September 11, at 5 p.m., library patrons of the Judge Armstrong Library in Natchez will be afforded the opportunity to visit with this rising Mississippi author and participated in a critique with him of his premier novel and perhaps hear him tell what will follow in future works.