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Dear Mouse ...
A Tale of Love, Murder and Movie-Making in the Carolina Mountains
By Schuyler Kaufman
High Country Publishers, 2001
ISBN: 0-9713045-2-1



In Dear Mouse..., the author has woven a story filled with memorable characters, set against the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains and age-old feuds.

Matt Logan, Strongbow to movie fans, is rebuilding his life after almost killing himself in a drunken driving incident. His young daughter was in the car with him and neither he, nor his ex-wife and her lawyer husband, can forget the accident. They're insistent on enforcing the restraining order against Logan and keeping him from seeing his daughter, Michaella, nicknamed "Mouse."

While on location in North Carolina, working on a low-budget film, Logan's ex-wife and her husband, serve adoption papers hoping Logan will quietly acquiese to never seeing his beloved child again. When Dear Mouse , the letters Logan has written his daughter in journal form over the years is stolen and sold to the tabloids, his humiliation is complete.

When Crystal Beller, a young actress who blackmailed and lied her way into the movie, is found dead in Logan's dressing room, every one on the set assumes she stole Logan's letters because she's one of the local "low-life Bellers." Her murder and its subsequent revelations give Matt back his life and his self-respect.

Like the old-fashioned dramas "Strongbow" alludes to, "Dear Mouse..." offers an "and they all lived happily ever after" ending.

Schuyler Kaufman, lives and works in the North Carolina Appalachians. She has worked on several films including The Winter People and Chapter Perfect.


Pam Kingsbury
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