For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Blood Runs Cold on the Black Side of the Mountain

  • Corinne F. Gerwe
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Blood Runs Cold on the Black Side of the Mountain.
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This is not just a story of sin and redemption, but a life of crime forced upon a child who tried desperately to live up to his father’s horrifying expectations and abide by his maniacal rules. His journey from the black side of the mountain through a wilderness of transforming enlightenment is an exciting, intriguing, and inspiring story of physical and psychological survival.

The book glows with a loving appreciation for the good that lies deep within some of the most hardened hearts, just as the setting, deep in the Appalachian Mountains, is shown bursting with images of spectacular beauty and the rich bounty of nature even while danger may lurk at every turn.

About the Author

Corinne Gerwe lives in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she has lived, worked with, and been inspired by the people of her surroundings.

Her background as a university clinical associate professor, writer, and lecturer in the field of biological psychology informed her interest in the power of childhood experiences to influence life direction and the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of them.

Based on her years of counseling patients in the field of substance abuse treatment and mental health within hospital, prison, and military based systems, Dr. Gerwe became an internationally recognized expert in addictions and developmental issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other co-occurring disorders that fuel high-risk activity including drug use.

With a keen understanding of the complexities of human nature, an eye for the sparkling detail, and a passionate, creative and positive nature, Dr. Gerwe has branched out into a line of dramatic stories, fiction and nonfiction, that delight her readers.

About the Book
Professional bear hunter and woodsman Bobby Burris was raised to hunt and poach on the famous Biltmore Estate lands and forest located adjacent to his family’s homestead near Asheville, North Carolina. He was ruled by a tyrannical father who...
Professional bear hunter and woodsman Bobby Burris was raised to hunt and poach on the famous Biltmore Estate lands and forest located adjacent to his family’s homestead near Asheville, North Carolina. He was ruled by a tyrannical father who taught him to ignore the law and engaged him in an array of illegal activities from an early age, at which time he witnessed a notorious still-unsolved crime and murder. He was forced to participate in other crimes and retaliations during his adolescence under his father’s direction. Rebelling against him, Bobby became a young renegade and formed his own small criminal organization in Asheville that extended beyond the region with links to the Italian and Mexican mafias and drug trafficking routes from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.

His life from childhood into adulthood, under a Machiavellian authority, eventually led to his arrest and incarceration in a Federal prison where he by mere chance became a bodyguard for a mob boss of a major New York crime family. His road to perdition was interrupted by a vision that transformed him in the midst of this setting and began within him a process of rebelling once more against a life of crime that he’d been forced into since childhood.

The story takes place against a backdrop of mountain wilderness and people with a long history of isolation, independence, and rebellion against authority. From a family of moonshine bootleggers, a legacy of crime developed from father to son that began with illegal poaching on the vast acreage of the magnificent Biltmore Estate and its forestlands, hunting parties with politically connected cronies from Asheville’s “old boy” network, a series of hidden crimes, cruelties and cover-ups that led to the monstrous formation of a young man with the brutalized heart of a stone cold killer.

This story inflects the true crime genre with a psychological perspective, revealing unsolved mysteries, secret societies, bold adventure set within regional history, and family drama with a focus on the father/son relationship involving murder, sin and redemption. Along the way there are gripping stories of bear hunting, life in the rural South, and the breath-taking scenery of the mountains of North Carolina.


Pages 226
Year: 2013
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BISAC: BIO023000
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ISBN: 978-1-62894-003-9
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