Books By A.D. Hopkins

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A.D. Hopkins spent 46 years as a journalist in Virginia, North Carolina, and Las Vegas. Much of that time he was an investigative reporter and editor, and part of it he was a touring correspondent focusing on small-town life. Hopkins’ fiction reflects realities and people he met in the small towns, police stations, and courthouses of Virginia. Hopkins co-authored a respected history of Las Vegas, and is an authority on early Nevada gunslingers. In 2010 he was named to the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame. In years past Hopkins taught fencing and was a Scoutmaster for an inner-city troop.  Hopkins lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The west coast book tour will be March 5th to April 12th.  Mr. Hopkins will also be in Virginia and North Carolina in August. The Boys Who Woke Up Early is his debut novel and will be in bookstores and wherever fine books are sold on March 1, 2019.

The Boys Who Woke Up Early

by A.D. Hopkins

Playing cops was just a game until the bullets were real. The gravy train hasn’t stopped in the hollers of western Virginia for more than thirty years when Stony Shelor starts his junior year at Jubal Early High. Class divides and racism are still the hardened norms as the Eisenhower years draw to a close. Violence lies coiled under the calm surface, ready to strike at any time.
“For nearly half a century, A.D. Hopkins entertained readers from Virginia to Vegas with an endless stream of award-winning newspaper features. Now he’s made the jump to fiction with the heart-warming and harrowing coming-of-age novel...Hopkins’ adventure story is filled with an authenticity of heart, a charming sense of humor, and important lessons in courage and friendship.”-- John L. Smith, author of Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn and The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Fight for Social Justice
"Some parts of The Boys Who Woke Up Early read like a Hardy Boys adventure while others ring with a literary resonance reminiscent of Richard Ford’s A Piece of My Heart and Barry Hannah’s Geronimo Rex."—Douglas Unger, author of Leaving the Land and Voices from Silence.
"A coming-of-age story that doesn’t pull its punches. Set in the waning years of the Jim Crow era in rural Virginia, it’s a narrative in which fists fly, guns go off and the Ku Klux Klan is hiding in plain sight. ”—Geoff Schumacher, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement and author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas and Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue.
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