By Tracy Conture
Local author Troy D. Nooe recently signed a two book deal with The Ingalls Publishing Group to publish his Myrtle Beach based Mystery Series. First up, The Ocean Forest, (set in the famed local hotel circa 1940’s) is as an exclusive release available locally now with a national release scheduled for October. Damn Yankee, the second book in the Frankie McKeller Mystery Series will be released in early 2012.
Nooe, a former Liberty Steakhouse staple, currently works at the Marriott Grand Dunes and has lived in the Myrtle Beach area for close to fifteen years. His retro mysteries promise to combine Classic Noir Suspense with local historical fact, giving his series an authentic beach feel which is sure to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
“I wanted to bring the Ocean Forest Hotel to life in my stories,” Nooe says. “I did a lot of research and interviews while writing the books and I wanted to use fiction to give a sense of history to an area whose history is largely ignored.”
Like himself, Nooe’s main character is a transplant from Baltimore, Maryland. McKeller is a low budget Private Eye who travels to the beach for a wedding in the first book and ends up staying after being pulled into his first murder case. His encounters with local characters and landmarks are as important to the plots as the various mysteries he finds himself facing in the land of sun, surf, golf and gators. Nooe is currently at work on the third installment.