Tom Morrisey is the author of four previous novels and numerous short stories, a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver (where he serves as Executive Editor) and other leading magazines.
He holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
ABOUT THE BOOK:For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own …. He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how things went wrong so quickly.
It all started after arriving home from a weekend climbing trip with his father, Kevin. That's when word reached them. In a silent moment, they'd lost the person most important to them—her death raising unanswerable questions and dangerous doubts.
Launching a new life in a new town to escape their pain, son and father find themselves in danger of being torn apart forever. As his father seeks a route to solace on the dangerous high face of the rock, Patrick finds a path to hope with the unlikeliest of allies—a pastor's daughter. Together they must discover the one answer that can bring Patrick and Kevin back from the brink of the precipice.
Endorsements: "It is rare to find a 'man's man' who knows the human heart, much less one who can write with such a well-balanced combination of sensitivity and adrenaline-charged adventure."
—Athol Dickson, Christy-Award-winning author of River Rising
"Beautifully exciting, haunting, and satisfying. Morrisey leaves you hanging by your fingertips."
—Lisa Samson, award-winning author of The Church Ladies and Straight Up
"Tom Morrisey is a master wordsmith and an expert at weaving gripping stories. If I pick up a book with his name on it, I know I'm going for gold."
—Angela Hunt, author of Uncharted
My thoughts on In High Places (so far):
I've just started chapter four, but I like it! At first I wasn't sure how long I'd last because Chapter 1 had a lot of technical stuff about rock climbing, which I have no clue about, or interest in. But when the author delved into what happened at home when the main character and his father were out rock climbing? Now THAT was some drama I could relate to. I was there with the main character and just as stunned and troubled as he was. Needless to say, I was hooked from that point on.
I don't want to skim through the rock climbing stuff too much because I have a sneaking suspicion that some of those details will be important, but already I can see that this book is going to be one of those novels that makes you think, feel, and ponder life a bit more. I love insightful and introspective stories. That said, I think I'm going to finish this one.