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Kenneth Bennight is a husband, father, lawyer, former Marine, and native Texan who lives in San Antonio, Texas. And he's the grandfather of the cutest little boy on the face of the Earth

Kenneth has reduced his law practice and is spending more time writing. Most of his writing is fiction, though he occasionally writes nonfiction, including the legal reference handbook, Texas Law of Streets and Alleys.

Kenneth handled street-related questions when he worked for the San Antonio City Attorney's Office. In preparing to leave, he started to write a series of street-related memos for those who would take over his responsibilities. When the memos started to grow, he decided to write the book instead.

Kenneth and his wife Susan were married June 6, 1970, and reside in San Antonio, Texas. They also own land backing up to the Navidad River in Lavaca County, Texas, which led to the inspiration for "Wild Man of the Navidad."

According to J. Frank Dobie, the legend of a wild man living in the Navidad River bottom land predates the Civil War. One or more escaped slaves may have hidden there. But the legend was too good to let die. Instead, after the war, the legend evolved into stories of a Sasquatch-like creature.


Wild Man of the Navidad: And Other Writings

Fiction, Crime Drama, Suspense
A young couple inherits a section of rural land backing up on the Navidad River. The land includes a ramshackle house. School teachers, they decide to devote their summer to making the house livable. Unbeknownst to them, a mysterious creature inhabits the Navidad bottomland. In this short story, the young couple runs afoul of the creature. Texas really does have a Navidad River, and there really are legends of a creature living in the bottomland. As for the rest, read the story and decide for yourself whether you want to camp near the river.
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Nacho Perez, Private Eye

Fiction, Crime Drama, Thriller
Four hard-boiled detective short stories set in contemporary San Antonio, Texas. Nacho Perez, a former Marine drill instructor, uses his fists and his gun to get to the bottom of his cases. But he takes his lumps along the way. In Badger Game, Nacho tries to recover money lost in a confidence scheme. In San Antonio Blues, he investigates a death written off by the police as an accidental drug overdose. In Search of El Dorado involves finding an heir to a fortune that the mob doesn't want found. Whiskey's for Drinking concerns a dispute over water rights in South Texas. As a bonus, the collection ends with a flash-fiction detective story set in a futuristic New York City. The outcome turns on Asimov's First Law of Robotics. Three of the five stories in the collection are prize winners. "Badger Game" won first place in the short-story category in the 2009 San Antonio Writers' Guild annual contest. "Whiskey's for Drinking" won second place in the short-story category in the 2014 San Antonio Writers' Guild annual contest. "The Butler Couldn't Have Done It" won first place in the flash-fiction category in the same contest.
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