Crime writer visits Stillwater Public Library with a cold case for audience to solve

trey web(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 3, 2015) – The Stillwater Public Library and Stillwater Writers are partnering to host author Trey Barker who will present “The Lonesome Death of Becky Sue Peterson” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Barker will lead the audience through the 1977 case, examining evidence along the way.

“The Lonesome Death of Becky Sue Peterson” explores the still-unsolved death of a 17-year old girl in Bureau County, Illinois.  Barker has been investigating and researching this death for many years. This presentation will give the audience not only the foundation of the death and investigation, but an opportunity to explore a number of different possibilities and possible suspects.

Barker, a noted crime and mystery author, is also a sergeant with the Bureau County Sheriff's Office in Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Attorney General's Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal with the Quad Cities Cyber Crimes Federal Working Group. 

death is not forever webslowbleedBarker’s newest novel, “Slow Bleed,” is a slower, more thoughtful book that begins a new series whose protagonist is a woman brand new to law enforcement.  The novel opens on her first shift.  His other new novel, “Death Is Not Forever,” is part of the Barefield series, which are stripped-down, spare hardboiled stories set in his beloved west Texas desert.

The two books will be for sale at the program for $15 each. Barker will be available following the program to autograph copies of the books.

For more information, please call (404-372-3633 x8106, email, or visit the library website at

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.