Grandfather’s influence casts a ‘shadow’ for author

Author Michael Graves didn't need to look far for inspiration for his book "To Leave A Shadow." He relied on memories of his grandfather in penning the crime noir thriller.

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March 16, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Author Michael Graves of Emporia talks about the inspiration for his novel, “To Leave a Shadow,” about private investigator Pete Stone, based on his grandfather. Graves was the featured author for the winter series of Iola Reads. Photo by Vickie Moss

Michael Graves wanted to honor a man he barely knew, so he made up a book about him.

“To Leave a Shadow,” the winter book selection for Iola Reads, tells the story of private investigator Pete Stone. In what is now a three-book series, Graves tells the stories of a classic gumshoe detective, with his snarky sense of humor and problem solving skills in the 1930s in Wichita.

Graves, who now lives in Emporia, based the character off of his grandfather, a man he’d visit in Kansas every summer while he was growing up.

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