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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
Hola Jana -- will be seeing you soon at Love is Murder. We're on a pane together, right? If not, we'll start one in the bar. It is a fact that police agencies in America were created to oversee and protect businesses and keep the peace for the well to do. Has much changed? You can read about the Chicago version in City for Ransom, Shadows in Whtie City, and City of the Absent with Inspector Alastair Ransom. Of course, Jana, you've read the first books but City of the Absent refers to the voters in the cemeteries.
I didn't realize that. I wonder if it was because of the English view that an organized police force was, in essence, designed to spy on the citizenry. They were quite touchy about that when Robert Peel started the early version of the Met Police.
Jana, during my research for 'A Study in Red' I contacted the police in Scotland for some historical background, as I set part of my novel in Edinburgh. I was surprised to learn that the city of Edinburgh had a fully organised and functioning police force a quarter of a century before London. I thought you might be interested in that small piece of histroical trivia.
Yes, I love the 19th century, and mnay of my friends insist that I was 'born out od time' and should have been around in that era. Maybe they're right. I've made a long study of the Ripper murders, but funnily enough, the suspect I used to base my own Ripper on for the novel wasn't actually the person I truly believe to have been the killer. It's just that I needed a more flamboyant character for the fictional work! Hope to hear more from you.
Nice to find another Ripper 'fan'. My latest novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' has just been released by Double Dragon Publishing, in e-book first with paperback coming later this month. Please come visit me at www.freewebs.com/astudyinred or www.freewebs.com/brianlp
I've studied the ripper murderrs for over 35 years and like you I love the Victorian era.
Lordy, over those 24 years you saw a lot of changes in the East End. I genre-blend historical mystery with SF&F and my time traveling heroine spends a great deal of her time in the East End and the Docklands during the time of the Ripper murders. I'm a fanatic for detail, so I trudge around those areas as often as possible, trying to separate the 21st century from the 19th. Still, I'm a Yank and I screw up every now and then. I like to think I gave it my best shot. Besides, Late Victorian England was just so full of plots and intrigues....
I've motored around Kent, going in circles on one occasion as naughty English school boys (according to the locals) had mussed with the road signs. There are worse places to get lost.
Born in Forest Gate, schooled in Stratford and lived in East Ham, worked in Aldgate. Spent the first 24 years of my life in East London before moving out of the city to Kent. Return now for family visits. were your visitss related to a novel you are writing?
I used to favor Pruitt, but I came to think that it had to be someone local as well. someone who was invisible who lived in the heart of Whitechapel--a person right under their noses! I agree with you. I did read Cornwell's book which favors the artist, Sickert as the killer but I think it's pretty far fetched.
what a great page! fascinating stuff. I'm also interested in Ripperology and time travel. i'll have to check into your series. whitechapel is so changed--except or the site of the Chapman murder I believe--although the streets have changed, there is still a sense of how the killer must have stepped away into the shadows. because there is a main street so nearby. that was a busy thoroughfare in the Ripper's day. by the way, which suspect do you think did it?!!
I noted the weather was a bit "off" when we were in England. The trees were turning colors later than usual. Ours is odd, as well. Right now we're in a drought and very likely to stay that way. The trees just started to seriously change in the last ten days while northern NY is roughly on the same schedule. That never happens. We're too far south for that sorta thing.
I like the fog in the morning. We don't get it very often and the effect is ruined in the city. One of these days we'll retire out into the country again, but this time with running water and central heat of some sort. That sorta thing is fine when you're younger, but not now.