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Smelser publishes new suspense novel

Emmett Smelser, former editor and publisher of The Marietta Times, has announced the release of his sixth novel.

“Secret No More,” released by Kindle Direct Publishing and available through Amazon, is a sequel to Smelser’s fifth novel, “Secret Unto Death.” The novel deals with a small town attorney’s quest to keep hidden his own dark secret while undertaking a danger-filled probe of a client’s mysterious death and finding a home for her orphaned infant son.

Smelser spent a nearly 40-year career with midwestern newspapers, starting as a reporter for The Vidette-Messenger in Valparaiso, Ind. He later became executive editor of The Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind., before becoming publisher of The Marietta Times from 1987 to 1963. He later became president and publisher of The Palladium-Item, The Star Press in Muncie, Ind., and The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Ind. He also for many years taught news writing, editing and media law and ethics at several universities.

The author says his novels, while fiction, are based loosely on crimes and characters encountered during his newspaper career. He and his wife are retired and living near Tucson, Ariz.

As are the other five novels, “Secret No More’ is available in paperback and digital formats from Amazon.

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