‘Masters of Terror’ author moves main character from upstate New York to Aiken | Local News

Bob Clark’s main character has followed him south to Aiken and Augusta.

Clark, the author of four books featuring private detective Marc LaRose, said his fourth and newest book, “Masters of Terror,” features LaRose in a tale involving terrorism, an Augusta National-like golf course and a Savannah River Site-like area.

“I like Aiken,” Clark said. “We’ve lived here now for about 15 years, and I have a lot of contacts in the area. I am a member of the South Carolina Writers Association, and I get a lot of help from people in the association. I thought it was time for me to write about the local area rather than Plattsburgh.”

In “Masters of Terror,” LaRose travels to Aiken and Augusta to accompany his daughter and her fiancé to a golf tournament that his future son-in-law is invited to play in. The book also involves an entity similar to the Savannah River Site.

Clark said he believes the site is still producing products essential to the national defense of the country. He said terrorists would love to stop that production.

Clark said the theme of the book and his other three books involves the battle to stop terrorists from entering the United States.

LaRose is somewhat autobiographical for Clark. He said he served for 10 years in the border patrol and later operated a private detective agency like LaRose. One difference between LaRose and Clark is that the literary character is divorced – he gains the company of women in the books – and Clark has been married for 55 years.

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The first and third books of the series, “Borderline Terror” and “Placid Terror,” are set in Plattsburgh, New York, where Clark served for 20 years as a member of the New York State Police, 10 years as a border patrol officer , and 10 years as a private detective.

While serving with the New York State Police, Clark received a commendation from President Richard Nixon in 1972 for subduing a domestic violence suspect that had shot his partner.

Plattsburg is located in upstate New York around 12 miles from the Canadian border and an hour south of Montreal.

The second book, “Southbound Terror,” involves a train headed south from Montreal to New York City.

Clark is working on a fifth book, “Sweet Delicious Terror,” which is anticipated to be published by the end of the year.

“Masters of Terror” is available via Amazon by searching “R. George Clark Masters of Terror” and at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

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