Hi Luis, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
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.
Thanks for inviting me to be your friend.
Lt. Michael Berish (Retired-M.P.D.) of the REAL Miami Vice!
Author of “REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT”
This book pulls no punches. It shows you the dark side of police work: the good, the bad and the ugly (warts & all), both the humor and the tragedy.
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There's quite a surge of interest in crime fiction set in Africa, which I'm very happy about. Much of this comes from Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana morality tales dressed up as the No1 Ladies Detective Agency, but also Deon Meyer's excellent thrillers set in South Africa. He's the stalwart, being at it nearly ten years longer than I have. Last year a writing duo, two Americans now living in South Africa, hit the ground running with their blend of police procedural and hardboiled fiction, set in Botswana. Their first book A Carrion Death took a while, but creep onto the LA Times bestseller list it did.
Matt Hilton recommended Peter James. He's got good taste. James comes thoroughly recommend. The fact that he's also an accomplished film-maker makes his writing highly visual and very well paced; he also has a lot of sources inside Scotland Yard. I'd definitely start with Looking Good Dead.
Hi Luis, thanks for adding me as a friend. I'm an ex-cop, though I worked in the north of England not in London. I write 'American-style' crime/thrillers based primarily in the States, which you might find a little strange. My debut takes my characters to your stomping ground of LA. Your question about police procedurals: I'd say Mark Billingham, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter James all write excellent procedurals - not all of them set in London but does the city matter so much? Simon Kernick writes some good stuff as well, some through the eyes of the police, some through the eyes of the common man caught in dire situations, but all good reads. Most of Kernick's books are London based. All the best, and I hope you enjoy the trip. Matt
Thanks for the invite, but I'll unfortunately have to disappoint you so soon after becoming a friend ;-)
I'm a bit of a worldly writer: born in Namibia, raised in South Africa, currently living in London. I am a crime writer, yes, but so far all my books have been set in South Africa. Harry Mason, one of my lead detectives, is London-born, but he works in Johannesburg, not London.
If you want to sample some of the British writers, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, and Simon Kernick are hard-edged writers. Ian Rankin comes particularly well recommended, though his Inspector Morse books are set in Edinburgh.
If you're into less hardboiled and more police procedural, try P.D James and Ruth Rendell --- they're both London writers, good friends (though highly competitive, from what I hear) and their novels tend to also be set in the city. They've won a stack of crime awards and thoroughly deserve them.
Hope that helps. And enjoy your trip. The Old Baily is a magnificant place.
Hi Luis: I will forgive you your past as a criminal defense attorney, now that you've seen the light and come over from "the dark side." Just kidding! What would our great American criminal justice system chessboard be with some of the Kings and Rooks missing?
Sounds like you have an interesting job. When it comes to investigation, forensics, etc., I try to be as accurate as possible given the obvious limitations of fiction. I have some good contacts on the St. Paul PD who have been very helpful and accommodating. I'm always looking for new sources of information that can give my police procedurals a sense of realism. I might like to pick your brain in the future if you don't mind.
Thank you for the offer of friendship. I write mysteries set in the 1920s, in New York, but I'm also thinking of moving to more contemporary periods. It's interesting that you like Law & Order. The folks I've met "in the business" either love it or hate it. They're never in-between. Anyway, I love it, too. I'm happy to make your acquaintance!