A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the people of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated and have fewer illnesses. The city also refuses government money for schools and roads, has little crime and no sign of racial unrest. None of these factors would mean much taken alone, but together, they spell out a population that is distinctly skewed from the normal. Surprisingly, hardly anyone in the valley realizes that most of them are different from the average. They simply think they live in a good place among good people. Then the investigation starts...
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Used availability for Darrell Bain's Strange Valley
October 2004 : USA Paperback
July 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: A Strange Valley
Author(s): Darrell Bain
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing Inc.
May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition