A Jacket off the Gorge is an unpublished nonfiction manuscript – part true crime, part memoir – with a psychological thriller read. It involves a crime in rural Upstate New York and the author who unwittingly got wrapped up in it.
The author’s journalism career spans more than twenty-five years and has earned major awards, including an Emmy nomination.
A Jacket off the Gorge is the story of Jon Fontaine, a young man whose teenage years are shaped by his motivation to run a lucrative drug selling enterprise. After being caught, prison conditions and the social stigma of being a felon only serve to make him a more cunning criminal. On his second brush with the law, and facing serious prison time, Jon jumps bail, and then fakes his death by tossing his jacket off a gorge.
He is artful in deception and manipulation, particularly of the women who love him. Jon meets Susan, who has the professional connections, resources, and intelligence that could benefit him. Unaware of his dark past, Susan falls for Jon, providing something he never expected: unconditional love. Will he take advantage of her trust for personal gain? Even he is unsure.
Susan learns from police that Jon is keeping a secret: He’s stolen a treasure of ancient gold and silver coins. He will never reveal its location.
Only Susan provides the motivation Jon needs to rehabilitate himself, an effort threatened by the penal system. Left untreated, his medical and mental health issues culminate in consequences neither could have predicted.
A Jacket off the Gorge delves deep into the criminal mind, giving an unprecedented, fascinating, and chiseled look at one man’s struggles within himself, and with others.