Agent for Justice


Duke Southard is a retired educator. He has published professional articles in Media and Methods and served as president of the New Hampshire Educational Media Association. In 1997, he was presented an EDie, the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, for his contribution to the school library/ media profession in the state. His educational credentials include a BS from Villanova University, a MA in English Education from Glassboro State University, and a CAGS in Library/Media Technology from Boston University. He is married, the father of three and lived in New Hampshire before moving to Green Valley, Arizona.

The original version of A Favor Returned was published by Peter Randall and distributed by University Press of New England. Southard’s second novel, Agent for Justice, was published in 2003 by Hot House Press. He is also the author of two non-fiction books. A memoir, The Week from Heaven and Hell, describes the family’s struggles while dealing with the sudden and tragic loss of a young adult son, and The Nick: A Vision Realized is a commissioned history of a large recreational facility in New Hampshire. In 2010, Southard won awards in both the short story and memoir divisions of the Society of Southwestern Authors writing contest. His novel, A Favor Returned, was a 2013 finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.

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Bradford Wallace is a respected high school teacher who is sickened by the evils of society. Confronted by injustice at every turn—assassinations, widespread racial discrimination, the escalation of the Vietnam War, the Kent State shootings—he grows increasingly frustrated by his inability to make things right. When his wife goes into premature labor and delivers a stillborn baby, he becomes obsessed with the idea that Dr. Capaldi, her obstetrician, could have saved his son.

Parker Havenot is a detective whose investigation of a strange hit-and-run incident involving Dr. Capaldi brings him into Brad Wallace’s circle. Although Brad’s behavior appears to be beyond reproach, Parker can’t let go of the feeling that something is off about him. How far will Brad go to avenge the injustices he sees?


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