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7/11/2017 4:38:00 PM
Former Jackson County deputy draws inspiration from the area for first novel
Former area law enforcement officer and arson investigator turned novelist Don Eifler (left) is shown holding a copy of his first book, Murder in the Redbrush, alongside local business owner Liz Frisby. Eifler returned to Jackson on Friday, July 7 for a book-signing session at Frisby’s business, Elizabeth’s Flowers and Gifts, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frisby’s store, located at 163 Broadway St. in Jackson, is the only one in the county which will be selling copies of Eifler’s novel. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)

Former area law enforcement officer and arson investigator turned novelist Don Eifler (left) is shown holding a copy of his first book, Murder in the Redbrush, alongside local business owner Liz Frisby. Eifler returned to Jackson on Friday, July 7 for a book-signing session at Frisby’s business, Elizabeth’s Flowers and Gifts, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frisby’s store, located at 163 Broadway St. in Jackson, is the only one in the county which will be selling copies of Eifler’s novel. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)


PHILLIP BUFFINGTON
Associate Editor


A man who spent his professional life in the fields of law enforcement and arson investigation has written a novel around those very themes.

Former Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Don Eifler was back in Jackson on Friday, July 7 for a book-signing session at Elizabeth's Flowers and Gifts, located at 163 Broadway St. The store is the only one in the county selling Eifler's novel, Murder in the Redbrush.

Eifler worked and lived in Jackson County in the 1970s before leaving the area in 1979 to pursue a career with the State Fire Marshal's Office. He told The Telegram that though the accounts in his book are fictional, he did draw a great deal of inspiration from his life's work. Eifler further said that some of the book's characters were inspired by "some very good law enforcement officers" he worked with over the years in and around Jackson County.

Having been retired for the past nine years, Eifler said he wrote Murder in the Redbrush, which is set in Jackson County and the surrounding area, over the course of three winters. If this first novel proves to be successful, he explained that he already has a completed manuscript for a follow-up. Ideally, Eifler said he would like to see the book become a series which follows the life and times of main character Fire Marshal Jon Hammer and others.

Copies of Murder in the Redbrush are available for purchase locally at Elizabeth's Flowers and Gifts, and online from sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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