Former area resident sets novel in northern Illinois

CHICAGO – A writer who worked in Clinton, Iowa, and Sterling recently released his first novel, set partially in Mount Carroll.

Jim Slusher’s book “Leviathan’s Scales” tells the story of Joe Langston, a resident of a San Francisco suburb and an employee of Nye Companies International. Before Langston can be promoted into the top ranks of the company, he finds himself transferred to Mount Carroll as the first of a series of loyalty tests, created by a ruthless member of the company board of directors. In Mount Carroll, Langston finds new friends, while eventually facing the loss of everything important to him.

Slusher is an assistant managing editor at The Daily Herald newspaper in Arlington Heights. He grew up in central Illinois. He lives with his wife, Patty, in Mount Prospect, where they raised three sons.