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Archery, hunting, poaching, murder and massage

Dick Weaver will be present for a book signing event at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria to promote his mystery novel, Rubbed the Wrong Way, which follows the investigations of a massage therapist and former police officer after a man is murdered while bowhunting. (Contributed)

A book-signing event, featuring former Alexandria resident Dick Weaver, will be held on Monday, November 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cherry Street Books in downtown Alexandria.

Weaver is the author of a mystery/thriller, Rubbed the Wrong Way. The story is set in Yellow Medicine County, where Weaver lived in the late 1990s. It involves an eclectic mix of traditional archery, deer hunting, big-game poaching, murder and massage therapy.

Dick WeaverRubbed the Wrong Way revolves around Tom Cleary, a massage therapist in Maddock Falls. One of his clients, a fellow bowhunter, is murdered while out hunting. Cleary, a former police officer and an ordained minister who has left the ministry, wants to find out who did it. He begins to draw the attention of the killers, who don’t want anyone interfering with their poaching operations.

“I wanted to do a little exploring into why people commit acts of violence, but more importantly, what crime and violence do to us as human beings,” Weaver said. “I hope it’s a good story, and I hope I encourage readers to think about the choices we make.”

Weaver was ordained as a minister of the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1986 at First Congregational UCC in Alexandria. He has served as an interim minister in churches in Waubun, Fergus Falls, Benson, and Lake City and managed Pilgrim Point Camp on Lake Ida north of Alexandria in the late 1990s.

He is the spouse of the Rev. Cathy Barker, who was the minister at Granite Falls UCC from 1991 to 1999. He owned and operated Willow Tree Massage Therapy in Granite Falls, enjoys bowhunting, and now serves with Cathy as co-pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Helena, Montana.

For more information, call Cherry Street Books at (320) 763-9400.

WHAT Dick Weaver book signing

WHEN Monday, November 4

2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE Cherry Street Books, Alexandria