The Burden of Memory, by Rick Christman
The Burden of Memory, a literary crime novel about murder, human trafficking and transformation, introduces Robert Russell, a retired college professor and Viet-Nam Veteran, who chooses the beauty of the Low Country of Beaufort, South Carolina to write his first novel.
Because of past heartbreak, Robert is a shy, isolated, reclusive man.
Three days after his arrival in Beaufort, he unwittingly witnesses a ruthless murder. The murder begins an unexpected journey of dangerous entanglements as he writes his novel and as he lives the action of his life.
The two novels – the one he is living and the one he is writing – dovetail into a surprising conclusion: you may be finished with the past, but the past may not be finished with you.