Alone among the Living

“This extraordinary book is eloquent testimony to the power of forgiveness… more than a wonderful book. It is simply magnificent – a book of lasting value” -Phillip Lee Williams, author of A Distant Flame

“A compelling story of loss, acceptance, and forgiveness.” -Booklist

“Mesmerizing…A coming of age book that rivals any classic work of fiction.” -Ronda Rich, author of The Town that Came a Courting

“When I was twenty I came face to face with the old man convicted of paying five thousand dollars for the murder of my father.”

From the gripping first line of this true story, you will follow a young man’s journey through grief and despair to acceptance and forgiveness. On August 7, 1967, prosecutor Floyd “Fuzzy” Hoard was killed by a car bomb in his own front yard in Jackson County, Georgia. Summoning the memories of the events surrounding that day, Alone among the Living is G. Richard Hoard’s remembrance of the father he lost on that day, and of his subsequent struggle to come to terms with the murder.



Barnes & Noble
University of Georgia Press

For more information about the Floyd Hoard murder, see Mike Buffington’s book, “A Conspiracy of Silence” available from and other bookstores.