For Immediate Release

Debut Novel Raises Funds and Awareness for Missing and Exploited Children

Cassius Shuman has always had a place in his heart for missing children. He is pleased to announce that a portion of the proceeds from his debut novel, The Dead Boy’s Legacy (released October 2012 from Booktrope Publishing), will benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“Something that struck a deep, resonating cord with me was learning the shocking news of a family friend’s 11-year-old son’s presumed abduction,” Mr. Shuman explains. “There are tragic, life-altering moments that leave an indelible imprint on our lives. Although I wasn’t aware of it at the time, this was one of those moments for me. The loss shattered the boy’s family and has stayed on my mind all these years later, leading to my interest in and advocacy for the causes of missing and trafficked children.”

Set in a quiet, rural town in Massachusetts, The Dead Boy’s Legacy tells the story of young Tommy McCarthy, a 9-year-old boy who is abducted while riding his bike home from a little league game. The novel explores the grief that his parents must work through and their attempts to put the pieces of their lives back together. At the same time, the story looks at the events of the abductor’s life – events that led to his becoming the type of man who would abduct young boys. These two strikingly different points of view work side-by-side to create a thrilling and complex family saga that illuminates the dark aspects of human nature while exploring the strength of a family’s love of their son.

From research acquired while assisting Jeff Mudgett with the book Bloodstains—about Mudgett’s great-great-grandfather, notorious serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes—Mr. Shuman brings an educated perspective to the serial killer genre. The author explores the world of psychological trauma using sobering prose, while weaving the narrative through a factual historical landscape.

Mr. Shuman hopes that his novel will do much more than illuminate and entertain: “My sincere hope is that the story will touch people in some way and bring awareness to the cause of missing children; that’s why a portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

About the Author

A Dartmouth, Massachusetts, native, Cassius grew up in the town that serves as the setting for The Dead Boy’s Legacy.  He played Little League baseball, rooted for the Boston Red Sox, dined at the Sail Loft and worked as a lifeguard at Horseneck Beach. His fondest recollection was driving down the rural roads past the cornfields where the pungent smell of freshly cut grass and cow manure wafted through the air.

After an arm injury derailed his dreams of playing professional baseball, he segued into broadcast journalism, which established the foundation for his writing and producing career. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he works in television, film and communications.

The Dead Boy’s Legacy is his first novel.

About Booktrope Publishing

Booktrope is a new type of publishing company, founded in 2009 in Seattle, WA. Booktrope is pioneering a new type of book development process called team publishing and is committed to the creation of quality books and unique marketing methods, including offering books online to read for free at


Contact Information

Mr. Shuman is available for personal appearances, including book signings and speaking engagements.

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Ordering Information
The Dead Boy’s Legacy
Paperback Price: $15.95
eBook Price: $4.99
Paperback Page Count: 306 pages
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
ISBN-10: 1935961764
ISBN-13: 978-1935961765