New novel set in Blue Ridge Mountains

Dec 07, 2012

In his latest novel, “Murdoch’s Curse,” Chicago-based patent lawyer and author Jerry Jacover tells a riveting saga of love and adventure, courage and betrayal, sin and redemption, set in Western North Carolina.
The book introduces readers to Phil and Cindy Murdoch, a wealthy but troubled Chicago couple who visit the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, in search of a dream property on which to build a vacation home. They retain a local Realtor, Elmer Hicks, who brings them to an 80-acre tract that meets all the criteria on their wish list.

But the land is holding a secret. Unbeknownst to either Hicks or the Murdochs, the journeys of their ancestors from Scotland to Ireland, and then to Colonial America ultimately led them to that very same tract. Along the way, the two families became bitter rivals whose generational struggles played a seminal role in molding both the great American nation and the colorful Appalachian culture. Neither the Chicagoans nor their Realtor know that their familial conflicts were the result of an ancient imprecation known as Murdoch's Curse.
The book is available through bookstores nationwide or by visiting or

Jacover is a Chicago-based patent lawyer who has been a member of the intellectual property law firm of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione for almost four decades. In 2003, he and his wife, Judi, visited the Blue Ridge Mountains and fell in love with the land, the people, and their history. “Murdoch's Curse” is the result of that visit.This is Jacover's second novel.
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