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Author to sign book based in northern Minnesota

Jim Proebstle, an Illinois author, has strong ties to the Cass Lake area.

He used his years summering on Cass Lake as the background for his first novel, "In the Absence of Honor," based on Anishinaabe culture mixed with crime and a Department of the Interior murder investigation.

"The story is about the corruption and crime and the conspiracy to skim money off the casino," Proebstle said in a telephone interview from his rural Cass Lake home. "It's not a mystery. It's more of a conspiracy and intrigue and suspense."

He said the murder "purely facilitates the story," and the reader will know who the murderer is after 50 pages.

Proebstle will sign his book from noon-2 p.m. Friday at BDalton in the Paul Bunyan Mall.

"In the Absence of Honor," launched this month, is published by GreenLeaf Press and consists of 336 pages.

Proebstle said he took five years to complete his first novel. He said he is well into the second about a different topic. But because people get taken up by his first novel's characters and want to know what happens to them next, he said he might consider a sequel.

Proebstle has bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University. He had acorporate career in sales and management and formed Prodyne, Inc., a management consulting firm.

Proebstle said his grandfather worked for the Great Northern Railroad in Cass Lake from 1915 to 1925, and his father grew up in Cass Lake. As a boy, and now with his wife, Carol, he returns every summer.