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When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine, in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don't. 

A world traveler who spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something - enough to make the FBI come looking.

But even the Feds couldn't imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man's quest to discover all he can about Whyte's secret life before it's too late.

©2019 Jeffrey H. Ryan (P)2020 Jeffrey H. Ryan

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In the middle of nowhere in Maine

Extraordinary tale over such a long period of time in the deep woods of Maine. Great narrative style and pleasure to read. I’m biased because I’ve live in Maine all my life but it is the kind of story that reveals much about Maine life at menu levels.