A new author will visit Murphysboro in April.
Retired Illinois State Police Captain Ed Traylor, from rural Waggoner, Illinois, spent 29 years on the force, and wrote a book called The Crossing, a crime thriller about a terrorist attack at the U.S. - Mexican border.
He says an Islamic extremist teams up with a Mexican drug cartel leader to get help moving terrorists across the border.
"It took us four years to write this. And uh, four years ago, when people were talking about the border and now all of the sudden they're worried about terrorists crossing it. So it's a very interesting and very timely and, it's a good book. It really and truly is."
In the book, police in Central Illinois find out about the planned terrorist attack through a routine traffic stop.
Traylor's book won an award; second place at the Public Safety Writers Association conference in Las Vegas in 2015.
You can purchase it on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble, and edtraylorbooks.com.
Traylor will be at the Sallie Logan Public Central Library in Murphysboro on Saturday, April 29th from 1 to 3 p.m.