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The Clemens Medal is awarded to an author for a book of outstanding literary quality and design. 

Congratulations, Chris Madsen, a deserving winner of The Clemens Medal.

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“I used to have one son I loved with all my heart. Now I have two.”

So Elizabeth Daleiden reveals in Ron Fritsch’s fifth novel, Elizabeth Daleiden on Trial.

In this LGBTQ courtroom thriller set in the late 1970s, a politically ambitious state’s attorney charges Elizabeth Daleiden with the murders of her father and two elderly neighbors in the 1950s. Her trial threatens to blow the lid off her Illinois farming community’s darkest secrets.

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Readers can further sample and buy the ebook edition of Elizabeth Daleiden on Trial on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play and Kobo for $2.99. Readers can buy the paperback edition on Amazon for $9.99.

Ron Fritsch is the author of the award-winning four-novel epic LGBTQ Promised Valley series set in prehistory: Promised Valley Rebellion, Promised Valley War, Promised Valley Conspiracy and Promised Valley Peace.

Reader Views promised that “you’ll enjoy Promised Valley Rebellion if you like in-depth characters, a mystery that’s not easily solved, and a subtle twist that could change everything.”

Feathered Quill Book Reviews described Promised Valley War as “an imaginative and well-crafted piece of fiction. The plot features plenty of action and unexpected twists and turns. The balance of suspenseful battles, sweeping scenery, and interpersonal drama would undoubtedly be a satisfying mix on the big screen. Are you listening, Hollywood?”

The US Review of Books remarked on the “traditional, epic tone” of Promised Valley Conspiracy “that is reminiscent to Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey.”

Kirkus Indie Reviews noted that in Promised Valley Peace “Fritsch tells a very detailed, very human story. Some of the book’s younger characters admirably seek to forge a real, lasting peace in their lifetimes, and the interminable threat of war allows Fritsch to make the conflict an allegory for every human conflict to come.”

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