In the Deep South appearances are not a luxury but a necessity. No family finds that more true than the Foxworths of Larkspur, a quaint but greedy Mississippi town.
In that community, or anywhere else for that matter, the life of handsome young Sher Foxworth would seem an enviable American dream: high school star quarterback and valedictorian; successful plastic surgeon for a father; beautiful, supportive mother; rich grandparents.
But then a single death at the hands of his father rips the town apart, throwing the life of Sher Foxworth and his family into a downward spiral, a corkscrew that entangles more devastation and turmoil as Sher himself lands in jail. It is that tangle with a female police officer which derails his own life from that of town hero into a journey he never intended—far from his plans for medical school.
While Sher Foxworth belongs to an era when careers are chosen voluntarily, he nevertheless is conscripted into a service that neither he nor his grieving grandfather would have ever chosen. Instead of becoming a doctor, Sher becomes a fireman. It is that twist of fate that places Foxworth in a universe parallel to an individual from his past, an arsonist for hire whose techniques are at times unorthodox by even criminal standards, but nonetheless effective. A cell phone call draws the arsonist home from the shadows, back to the same small town fronted with a tranquil façade that hides seething jealousy, hypocrisy, resentment, sadness, and revenge.
While readers will sample the return of endearing and despicable characters made popular in North's 2005 debut novel House Call, they will become immersed in the tumultuous lives of a different set of players: the colorful inhabitants of Larkspur—a new mix of personalities and egos that wraps the lover of fiction into the vivid world of southern intrigue.
Born February 21, 1956, in Jackson, MS, Darden North was raised in the Mississippi Delta as an only child. Nearing his twenty-second anniversary in active medical practice as an obstetrician gynecologist, he often fields the question "How did you ever get interested in writing fiction?" (Quite frequently he also gets the query "How in the world do you have time to be a doctor and write books?" --- a question he often asks himself!)
Perhaps his taste for the arts was seeded there in the Mississippi Delta while attending the seventh grade. Much to his mother Evelyn's urging and against his initial argument, North starred in the speaking and singing role of Louis in the The King and I, produced by the Cleveland (MS) Little Theater. While continuing to be a straight A student and looking toward the sciences for a career, his desire to expand his horizons continued as he played three different musical instruments in the public school marching and concert bands. In addition, some early afternoons were spent taking piano lessons; but alas, he can no longer play any of the four instruments well. Furthermore, after the family piano was recently converted to a computerized-player version, his fledging career as a musician was finally buried.
Without question, Darden North's interest in writing and publishing sparked while serving as editor-in-chief of the award-winning 1978 OLE MISS annual (At which time he began dating his future wife Sally Fortenberry, who was on the yearbook staff herself and served as editor the following year) and on the 1982 MEDIC yearbook, both published in hardcover. The fact that both his wife and mother have been English teachers could not have hurt either.
After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1978 with a BA in zoology and minors in both English and chemistry and induction into The Hall of Fame, he finished medical school and obstetrics/gynecology specialty training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1982 and 1986, respectively, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society.
He and his wife Sally married in 1979 and have remained in Jackson since. After serving as chief-of-staff at two local hospitals, he remains active in the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association, and the South Central Obstetrical and Gynecological Society while maintaining a full-time ob/gyn medical and surgical practice. Darden and Sally have two young adult children, as well as two dogs and a grand dog.
Years ago Darden North traded his golf clubs for a laptop but on occasion can be seen with a tennis racket or garden shovel. North has written and published three novels in the mystery/suspense/medical thriller genre: House Call (2005), Points of Origin (2006),and Fresh Frozen (2008). Both House Call and Points of Origin have one national awards.