Based on a true tale from the early 1900s, this work of historical fiction gives life to murderer William Kleeman, a handsome young farmer from southwestern Minnesota who courts the beautiful Maud Petri. After a quick engagement and marriage, the couple produce four children and are joined by boarder Mary Snelling, who teaches at the country school across the road. This addictive story winds through many twists before ending in a deadly rampage that results in one of the most notorious ax murders in American history.
“Rich with detail, Sundown at Sunrise takes readers back to the southwestern Minnesota of 100 years ago. That world of our grandparents and great-grandparents in one sense has slipped away, but in many ways affects us still. It’s a gripping story, engagingly told.” -- Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Marty Seifert was raised on a small family farm near Clements, Minnesota. After graduating from Southwest Minnesota State University he became a high school teacher and a university admissions counselor. He served seven terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, three years as House Minority Leader, and was a candidate for governor in 2010 and 2014. As executive director of the Avera Marshall Foundation, he played a key role raising millions of dollars to build and operate a new cancer treatment facility. Since 2015, he’s worked in government relations with Flaherty & Hood, P.A. Seifert is active in his Catholic church and a volunteer counselor with the American Legion Boys State Program. He holds memberships in the Lyon County Historical Society, Sons of the American Legion, SMSU Alumni Association, and Shades of the Past Car Club. He dabbles in real estate, politics, and travel. Seifert lives in Marshall, Minnesota with his wife, Traci, and children, Brittany and Braxton.