Lit: Signing of ‘A Rented World’ by Merle Temple

Merle Temple, author of A Ghostly Shade of Pale, signed books for the cast of Criminal Minds, Ravi Zacharias, Morgan Freeman, fellow Ole Miss graduates and for readers across America who still love books written as keepers in a throwaway culture. His character, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Captain Michael Parker, dodged death in A Ghostly Shade of Pale only to find that the organized crime figures who tried to kill him were amateurs compared to the political criminals he encounters in A Rented World. Parker confronts an unholy trinity of politics, crime, and business, all humming the same secular hymn–“Everyone and everything is for sale.” Parker exposes corruption in the corporate and political worlds and wrestles with the question of how far is too far to go to defeat them. Temple weaves a cautionary tale of how quickly all can be lost, but how threads of purpose can be found in blankets of crushing pain.