Based on a true story, set near Clements, Minn.

Marty Seifert, a former area lawmaker and candidate for Governor of Minnesota, will be releasing his new book, “Sundown at Sunrise,” in December. The work of historical fiction is based on a true story of a gruesome ax murder that occurred on a farm near the southwestern Minnesota town of Clements, 100 years ago.

The story’s foundation revolves around the true tale of William Kleeman, a popular young farmer who eventually murders his wife and four children, before committing suicide. Blended with historical fiction to give the story life and interest, Seifert hopes that the story gives reflection upon one of the most notorious ax murders in American history. He grew up only a few miles from the murder site.

“I have had this book in my mind for decades,” Seifert said. “However, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the murders, I wanted to have this story told. Much of this is out of respect for Maud Kleeman and her children since people have not heard this part of Minnesota history.”

Seifert said that due to adult situations and violence, reader discretion is advised. “It’s difficult to write a ‘G-rated’ ax murder book that is suitable for everyone,” he said.

Editing and publishing for Seifert was provided by Beaver’s Pond Press in Edina, Minnesota with printing provided by Thomson Reuters in the Twin Cities.

Readers who wish to schedule Seifert for presentations at schools, universities, book clubs or other events can reach him through the book’s website:

Seifert will sign books at several locations this month, including these in the Sleepy Eye area:

Friday, Dec. 16 at the City and Country Tavern in Morgan, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a short program at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Perkins in New Ulm, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the American Legion in Clements, 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a short program at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Redwood Falls Public Library, 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a short program at 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 23 at Barnes & Noble in River Hills Mall, Mankato, 6 to 7:30 p.m.