Hi John, 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. Appreciate your kind thoughts. It IS thrilling. I'd love to be able to publish in Ellery Queen. Would you share your secret on how it's done? Maybe I should set my sights higher? Getting published in Ellery Queen would be almost exciting as getting my first novel published.
Yes! I am working on my third novel. Same detective and based on a real murder. Thanks for your interest. And I will keep you posted. I should be so lucky - Wow! Published in Ellery Queen. I haven't tried that one. I suppose I thought that they wouldn't give me the time of day. You're encouraging. Just about everyone I talk to on CrimeSpace is encouraging. Great bunch of people!
You have an impressive resume. I feel honored to be among your Crimespace friends. One of my mystery short stories just got published in Women's Digest, so I'm really excited about that. You make what you do (and have done) seem so casual. That's a lot of work for one fella. I started on my writing career late in life, and I consider myself lucky to have had two novels published. I see more and more people over 50 starting on a new career, and I don't know if it's out of necessity, or begun as just a hobby-turned-new-career event. Whatever, it's fun and satisfying. I'm enjoying it.
Hey, John - I can't remember where or when, but we were on a panel together at one of the cons a while back. I've been a fan of your books a long time.
How nice to see you mention The Talented Mr. Ripley. That's my current read. A book club discussion of In A Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes, which I thought was fantastic, reminded me I need to read Ripley, since they both have such interesting psycho narrators. Before Ripley, I tried to read The Killer Inside by Jim Thompson, another first person psycho story, but just couldn't handle his particular violent bend. I'm going to need a real good cozy after all these. :)
You're such a diplomatic soul. And you're right. I'm glad there's such diversity. Life would be boring, and there wouldn't be people like me to stand up on their soap boxes. I was a very protective Mother, and now I'm a very protective Grandmother. I've told my grandchildren that they can't read my books until they turn 18. Of course, that makes them want to grab them right now and see why I'm being so prohibitive.
Sorry, I haven't read anything by some of those authors you mentioned.
My idea of "cozy" mysteries is anything with the violence understated and done "off stage." I don't count anything like "Sopranos" as "cozy." I don't go to "R-rated" movies, either. I figure if a movie needs all the violence, sex, nudity, and profanity, it isn't good enough to support a good plot line. "Taste" and "understatment" is the key words. It's like a woman: Show just enough skin to stimulate someone's imagination of what the rest of you looks like. Imagination is a fertile thing. It's the same way with a movie or book: Leave something to the imagination.
Wow! Love your profile! You're a very busy person. I'm impressed. It seems we love the same authors. Sorta cozy mysteries with not too much violence. That's the way I like to write. But with a little sex thrown in. What would the world do without sex?
A bit of my background...I started as an undercover narcotics officer in 1971, focused on homicide investigation once I was in blue and later with a gold shield, previously bait for Bundy when I was a 'child' of tender years, later the executive director of a violent sexual predator facility (read warden) . I advanced my checkered career in homicide investigation, medicolegal death investigation as a necessary supplementary subject and academia with an interest in crime and its myriad questions... published some in juried journals and continue to do research at this later part of the day.
I joined NING because I wanted to share a bit of the unusual stuff and hear from others with the same interests. I have published several mystery books for fun and for another writing venue but certainly nothing compared to yours.