Fairbank Native and Author Holding Book Signings at County Fairs

A Fairbank native and author will be holding Meet & Greets at several local fairs this summer.

Award-winning novelist Betty Brandt Passick will be available for Meet & Greets and book signings at the Buchanan County Fair in Independence this Friday through Sunday.

She’ll also be at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester next weekend, July 14th through the 16th, and the Clayton County Fair in Garnavillo August 3rd through the 6th.

Both of her historical crime fiction novels are set in “Oxbow,” a small community loosely based on her hometown of Fairbank, Iowa. Both novels have won Top Notable Indies Book Awards from Shelf Unbound book review magazine.

Her debut novel, Gangster in Our Midst, Bookkeeper, Lieutenant and Sometimes Hitman for Al Capone (2017), tells the story of Italian American Mobster Louie La Cava, who comes to a small midwestern town in the 1920s, claiming to be bookkeeper for Chicago Kingpin Al Capone. La Cava resides in the town off and on for the next sixty years.

The Black Bag of Dr. Wiltse, Murder on the Prairie (2021) is about a pioneer physician who arrives from Canada in the mid-1850s and soon finds himself at the center of some of the most horrific murders in northeastern Iowa. Then comes the American Civil War — and sanctioned murder.

A third novel in the gangster series will be released in late 2023.


photo courtesy of Betty Brandt Passick

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