Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte

His lifetime of secrets were hidden in plain sight

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make even the Feds come looking (twice!). But even they couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

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About the Book
Genre: Historical Fiction
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Maine Authors Publishing
Publication Year: 2019
ISBN: 9781633811881
Ryan is an excellent storyteller, and this tale is as good as any novel, especially since it’s based on real people and real events.
– Bill Bushnell, Bushnell on Books
"The North Woods are filled with quirky characters and wonderfulstories. Jeffrey Ryan's tale of Jim Whyte embodies so much of what makes these characters so appealing--the mysterious signals in the night, thehundreds of books lining the walls of his hideaway, the game of hide and seek with the law. Ryan has crafted a story that you won't want to put down."
– Mills Kelly, Professor of History, George Mason University
"Few writers know the backwoods and customs of rural Maine better thanJeffrey Ryan, who brings his deep knowledge of the outdoors to this well-wrought tale and proves to be an adept hand at suspense and pacing."
– Everett Potter Contributor, Forbes.com
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