The book is the true life story of Solon B. Lewis, a County Rural Policeman, Deputy Sheriff, and South Carolina Governors Officer in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s in Marion County South Carolina. Solon was shot 2 times in the line of duty, was forced to kill an armed robber, and faced many personal and professional tragedies in his life because he fought to clean out his community of organized crime, bootleggers, murderers, and robbers. This is a fascinating true story of one man's life during the Prohibition era and behind the scenes look at local, county, and state politics. Solon Lewis captured many high profile criminals of the time using the art of fingerprint science. Solon became a fingerprint identification expert at a time when the FBI was just experimenting with the science. Solon Lewis would compile over 525 fingerprints of known criminals from the area, and he would be called upon by the FBI and other law enforcement officials to help them solve cases. The book covers some of the most interesting cases Lewis and other officers investigated in the rural farm communities of Marion County, SC.
I am the grandson of Solon B. Lewis Sr., and as a child, I would hear many fascinating stories from my father and his brothers about Solon's shootouts with criminals and all of the tragedies he faced in his life. My research provides official documents, letters, and actual newspaper articles that supports this true story. This is the life of a man faced with corruption, political fighting, and crime of that era.