Category Archives: Davidson


S.O’H. Dickson. Ralph Fabian’s Mistakes. New York: Broadway Publishing Co., 1908.

The Fabians are a happy middle class family, able to enjoy a vacation in the North Carolina mountains before sending their son Ralph off to college. When Ralph arrives at college, he finds that his meager allowance doesn’t cover his incidental expenses. He borrows money from his class treasury, and then things go down hill for Ralph until a mountain missionary helps him turn his life around. The opening chapters are a nice travelogue of the western piedmont and mountains. The college in the novel is thought to be Davidson.

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Filed under 1900-1909, 1908, Davidson, Dickson, S. O'H., Mountains, Novels to Read Online, Piedmont, Religious/Inspirational

Kurt Corriher. Someone to Kill. New York: St. Martin’s, 2002.

When John Pavlak’s wife is murdered, he isn’t satisfied to just sit back and let somebody else handle the investigation. Especially when he becomes a suspect himself. Pavlak is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict, and the athletic director at a small college that sounds a lot like Davidson. He races to keep just ahead of the police, following the investigation to Berlin when it looks like his wife’s work as an investigative journalist may have led to the discovery of sensitive Cold War secrets. In the end, the trail leads him right back to North Carolina.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2002, Corriher, Kurt, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Mystery, Piedmont