The Florida Book Festival has announced that the book “Sundown at Sunrise” by Marty Seifert of Marshall has won runner-up in the history category at the Florida Book Festival competition.

Seifert’s book came in immediately behind “Turbulent Times” by Stephen G. Yanoff. Thirteen different categories of books from around the world received reviews. “Turbulent Times” is among eight books by Yanoff, while “Sundown at Sunrise” is Seifert’s first book.

Seifert’s book was released in December 2016 and has sold 10,000 copies. The genre of historical fiction based on a true story tells the tale of farmer William Kleeman from Redwood County who murders his family with an ax and then commits suicide in 1917.

The murder site is located between Morgan and Wabasso on Highway 68 and Redwood Falls and Clements on Redwood County Road 1.

The book reached #2 on Amazon’s “True Crime” category within weeks of its release and has been featured in numerous television, radio and newspaper stories in the region.

Seifert has conducted more than 75 presentations on the story to libraries, schools, colleges and community groups in the upper midwest.

The book is available at the Lyon County Historical Society, Redwood County Historical Society, Becker’s Super Valu of Morgan, Walnut Grove Mercantile and Hy-Vee of Marshall.

It is also available at all fine book stores and online at

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