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Local Author Meet & Greet in Redondo Beach


Last summer’s Local Author Meet and Greet was such a hit, we’re doing it again. Join local authors from the South Bay, Los Angeles, and Orange County for this informal mixer. This casual setting enables readers to have the chance to talk with authors in a social setting and discover new authors who just may become a new favorite! Authors in all of our regular genres and more will be participating. Keep an eye on our author list below for frequent updates.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
2810 Artesia Boulevard
90278 Redondo Beach
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Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756407742
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Published: DAW - February 5th, 2013

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.
He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.
When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.
But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.
Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patrion saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him.
Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.
As long as they don't kill him first

A Nobody in a Somebody World: My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781621471950
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Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - January 29th, 2013

On a morbidly hot August day in the depths of the Grand Canyon, Lorraine Brodek and her friend Erma Bombeck found themselves caught without a smidge of shade or water. The next thing they knew, their knees buckled and they hit the sand. Gasping for air, they groaned and rolled under a crag from which a scorpion skittered. That's when Erma mumbled her obit.

Shop Local: A Practical Pain-Free Guide to Shopping with Purpose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982692233
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Published: Simplex Publishing - July 2012

Bear Speaks: The Story of 7 Sacred Lessons Learned from a Montana Grizzly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781578634828
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Published: Weiser Books - October 2010

Bear Speaks is a marvelous, fantastical teaching tale in the tradition of The Celestine Prophecy. A young professional woman from Los Angeles goes camping in the Montana wilderness to find herself and escape the pressures of family and fianc, about whom shes having some doubts. Once in the forest, she discovers that she is anything but alone. As she explores the natural world around her, she encounters the trickster coyote, a wise old spider and an adventurous raven, all of whom have the ability to shape shift and communicate with her, mind to mind. And soon she finds herself falling in love with a magnificent bear named Ishmel. As she gets to know Ishmel, he transmits to her seven sacred lessons: 1) All your needs will be met. 2) Time is an illusion. 3) Have no fear. 4) Release into love. 5) Create a loving reality. 6) Connect energy lines to heal the world. 7) Vibrate with joy. These lessons are both familiar and new, with the ring of truth from various spiritual traditions. Above all she learns, and teaches us, that the source of your fear can become the guide for your life. Bear Speaks tells an enchanted tale about trusting what life presents us.

Beat to a Pulp: Round One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780615388243
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Published: Beat to a Pulp - October 2010

Hidden! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468146257
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 24th, 2012

Something unusual occurs as Michelle Nordahl begins to have frightening visions of a girl in distress. As the visions string together she journeys into her devastating past. A slew of forgotten memories invade her current surroundings, and the cobwebs of her mind begin to unravel the dreadful truth of a long forgotten childhood. Michelle stumbles upon a church that promises they can make sense of it all. Afraid of going it alone she recruits her friend Diane, but loses her along the way as she is catapulted into an unusual, yet familiar place. A beautiful castle in the mountains, with brilliant landscaping, and a large garden maze; Michelle doesn't recall ever being there before, but seems well acquainted with her surroundings. It tends to bring a temporary comfort until she senses her similitude has been compromised. As she enters the realms of ambivalence, complacency, self-contempt, and fear, she also encounters a villain named Mary Shepherd trying to steal her identity. Contending with each realm she discovers that she has a choice between who she is and who she wants to become. Michelle begins to disentangle her past, and realizes she doesn't have to live there anymore. As you venture through the different dominions, you may recognize someone along the way.

Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto Cover Image
By Sid Garza-Hillman, Biz Stone (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781937359355
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Published: Roundtree Press - January 15th, 2013

 Sid Garza-Hillman, nutritionist, philosopher, actor, and musician introduces his original philosophy of health. Sid's philosophy is simple: the closer the human species moves by degrees to its natural design, the healthier and therefore happier it will be.
In the years he has been a practicing nutritionist and health coach, Sid has honed an approach that makes achieving health and happiness a real possibility for virtually everyone. He has done this by addressing both the mental and physical aspects of achieving sustainable long-term health, and goes well beyond what any quick-fix diet/health plan can ever achieve. He passionately argues that health profoundly affects our happiness, and vice-versa, and applies his philosophy to nutrition, exercise, the mind, the family, and the world as a whole.
Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto is accessible, clear, edgy and humorous. Sid distills his years of research into a book readers will want to carry with them as a quick reference when negotiating our most unnatural world - especially gen-x and gen-y'ers for whom there is a substantial lack of result-oriented health books that are this easy and actually fun to read.

Take That Nursing Home and Shove It! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984216017
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Published: Sage Press - December 2012

Of course no one aspires to spend their elder years in a nursing home or in an undignified living situation. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening to our mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends at an alarming rate throughout America. It is what the future holds for those who don't understand how to properly navigate the complicated world of aging in the U.S. After reading this book you will: -understand how to "age in place" by learning how to evaluate the home environment, your physical needs or the needs of a loved one -be able to distinguish between facilities that house older adults and why a nursing home should not be an option -realize that there are many ways to pay for elder care, but that Medicare is not one of those ways -no longer be susceptible to physical or financial abuse -be motivated to take charge of your future and our collective futures because as long as we are alive, we have a future Using real life examples, Susan B. Geffen's insightful and entertaining book explains how making the right choices when we are capable and knowing what choices are available, can mean the difference between having a lovely future and being in the "custody" of institutional care.

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ISBN: 9781579622299
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Published: The Permanent Press - April 20th, 2012

In this fast-paced mashup of Faust and the biblical story of Isaac, former Los Angeles Times reporter Goldman (The Barfighter) twists the screws on a pair of star-crossed lovers as they struggle to overcome the natural and supernatural forces keeping them apart. When clever, gorgeous professor Ruth Canby meets handsome muscle-for-hire Lenny at the L.A. Farmers Market, their mutual attraction overpowers Ruth's inhibitions. But mysterious Lenny, who is, in fact, Isaac, son of Abraham, physically young after 4,000 years and world-weary but still in love with life throws her over to protect his secret. Hurt and disappointed, Ruth accepts a too-good-to-be-true offer to join a Columbia University think tank and tries to forget Lenny, while fending off a colleague's advances. Back in L.A., Lenny avoids his age-old nemesis "The Beast" and attempts to forget Ruth. But he discovers that she's in grave danger, and only a supreme sacrifice might save her. Goldman's snappy dialogue and light touch make this sendup of West Coast superficiality, East Coast academia, and the Old Testament an entertaining read full of weighty, nuanced questions about faith, fate, and what makes life precious, even after four millennia.

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ISBN: 9781938110385
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Published: 2 Moon Press - August 15th, 2012

Curtains for my Mirrors: (A Humorous Approach to Coping with Aging) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781453684993
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Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - November 15th, 2010

This is the entertaining, in-depth book that makes all women realize we have a great deal in common. It talks about the troublesome problems with which we deal every day.

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ISBN: 9780981474618
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Published: Rebel Sidekick Studios - September 17th, 2012

Every generation has its misfits. The Freak Table transports us to the starched suburbs of late-80s Denver where skateboarding's a crime and listening to underground rock is akin to devil worship. Author Gavin Hignight's adolescent narrator trades the safety of conformity for the post-punk music scene, choosing to suffer the consequences that come with being yourself. The Freak Table is a story for anyone who has ever felt alienated, hated or misunderstood. It's the adventure of the kids who didn't fit in, the tale of how they banded together to fight a battle called high school. Their trials hint at a larger rebellion at hand, a call for individuality that reverberated across the nation.

Darling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780988447813
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Published: Bad Moon Books - October 2012

Raynham Place has been home to a number of mysterious occurrences. From its start as a battlefield through its time as a tuberculosis hospital and even in its current incarnation as an apartment complex, the grounds here have been awash in blood and instability. When two friends decide to move in to Raynham together, a wound that they share opens wide and threatens their sanity. But they’re not alone. Something is off here at Raynham, something that goes beyond the local legends of ghosts and serial killers and Black Hounds, something that gets inside of everyone who ever lives here. When a sacrifice is made, the first freely given in ages, the truth behind Raynham’s legends finally surfaces and the building fills to bursting with all the dreams of Hell…

Oodles of Poodles (A Pet Rescue Mystery #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425259962
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Published: Berkley - February 5th, 2013

Shelter manager and pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver once again takes on the role of amateur sleuth when there's a murder on a film set . . .
Has Hollywood gone to the dogs? Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is observing production on a new movie called "Sheba's Story." The title character--a white Miniature poodle--is played by many similar-looking poodles, and to make sure no animals are harmed, Lauren's friend, veterinarian Carlie Stellan, and Grant, a handsome representative from the American Humane Association, are on location. But when the film's director is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run after arguing with Carlie about animal safety, it's up to Lauren to clear her friend's name and catch a killer before someone else ends up in oodles of deadly trouble.

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ISBN: 9780373885640
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Published: Harlequin - February 5th, 2013

"Danger and desire collide in a race against time"

P.I. Quinn Parran's mission is simple: to join Alpha Force, a unique military team of shape-shifters, and use their new elixir to enhance his shape-shifting abilities. With the aid of Sergeant Kristine Norwood, each shifting experiment sparks something more volatile than any challenge he's ever encountered: a primal passion. And when Quinn's brother vanishes on his honeymoon and is suspected of murder, Quinn must join forces with Kristine to investigate.

With no choice but to go deep undercover as newlyweds, Kristine finds herself enjoying the charade a little too much. She is attracted to Quinn, but isn't about to get involved with a shape-shifter. Until their quest becomes more dangerous, and Kristine must put aside her doubts and put her full trust in Quinn....

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ISBN: 9780985982911
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Published: James E. Kearney - September 21st, 2012

A New York power couple is shot at their engagement party. The victims are two ambitious conservatives out to seize a mainstream media empire. The attacker is a skilled and relentless sniper-for-hire. America's vicious political divide may have finally escalated to murder. 

For NYPD Detective Mack McCormick, this case is personal. When he was a child, his mother was murdered by political radicals. Now, violent extremism may have now returned. Mack and his team track the assassin, and the CEO Sniper continues his attacks in Manhattan.

The Red vs. Blue political battle has moved from the talk shows to the streets. The media are in a frenzy. Everyone is taking sides, and the controversial case impacts everything from the love life of Detective McCormick to the safety of his beloved, adventurous grandmother.

Finally, at a midtown landmark, Mack must foil a plan to hunt down and kill the new hope of the conservative movement. Even after the shooting ends, his work is just beginning. The action switches to the interrogation room, where Mack tries to piece together the conspiracy. He and his team from the Park East Detective Squad must take to the streets one more time to gather conclusive evidence and close the case. MACK 1 Red vs. Blue is a fast paced, topical mystery thriller.

Detective Mack McCormick is a sympathetic hero, one who relies on smarts more than brawn. He is college educated, saavy and streetwise, a product of the Giuliani era NYPD policing reforms. A political conservative, Mack is a fish out of water in liberal Manhattan, and his politics do impact his love life. Mack also has his hands full looking out for his fashionable, sophisticated ninety year old liberal grandmother Francesca, still living on her own and loving every minute of it.

Most chapters are short and cinematic. Some scenes are violent, but none are morbid. There is also comic relief, and there's time to explore provocative political what ifs. What if renegade elements on the political Left went beyond the mere rhetoric of class struggle, and turned to the violence? What if conservatives realize that they will never achieve true political success until they learn from liberals the value of mainstream media ownership?

Much of MACK 1 Red vs. Blue is set on the upscale Upper East Side of New York, with side visits to upscale metropolitan area summer resorts. You will visit the offices of midtown media power players, see legal gladiators battle in the Criminal Courts building, and sit in police interrogation rooms where cameras are rolling, but nevertheless so are the suspects.

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ISBN: 9781609530891
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Published: Unbridled Books - November 7th, 2012

A domestic story told in numerous original and endearing voices. The story opens with Wesley, a tenth grader, and involves his two sets of parents (the mom and her second husband, a very thoughtful doctor; and the father who has become a major gay lawyer/activist and his fabulous "significant other" who owns a restaurant).
Wesley is a fabulous kid, whose equally fabulous best friend Theo has just won a big school election and simultaneously surprises everyone in his life by announcing that he is gay. No one is more surprised than Wesley, who actually lives temporarily with his gay father and partner, so that he can get to know his rather elusive dad. When a dramatic and unexpected trauma befalls the boys in school, all the parents converge noisily in love and well-meaning support. But through it all, each character ultimately is made to face certain challenges and assumptions within his/her own life, and the playing out of their respective life priorities and decisions is what makes this novel so endearing and so special.

The Adventures of Alex Walker: Alex Walker and the Circus of Secrets Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781450751421
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Published: Valstar Publishing - January 13th, 2011

Contemporary fantasy adventure about a young boy and his mother who join a circus while on the run from his murderous father, and discover the boy can communicate with the animals, who believe he is their long-sought champion that will save animal kind from man's cruelty.

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ISBN: 9781479382934
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 23rd, 2012

A young adult/adult novel about two dogs, Beignet and Grandpa Au Lait, who live in New Orleans in two different eras with "Auntie" and "Darlene May." Beignet gets lost during Hurricane Katrina while searching for his Auntie. One thing that helps him find his way home are stories his grandfather told him from days gone by. Told in first person by these two Southern dogs, we discover their heartfelt worlds of loyalty, lessons learned, good food, and true friendship.

Burden of Truth (Birdie Keane Novels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738735825
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Published: Midnight Ink - January 8th, 2013

Investigative journalist Birdie Keane would give anything--even her Pulitzer--to see the love of her life, one more time. The sudden death of the Los Angeles cop has left her devastated, angry, and baffled. Coming from a traditional Irish-Catholic family of cops, Birdie can't ignore the bizarre coincidences surrounding his "accidental" death.

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ISBN: 9781477269268
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Published: Authorhouse - September 25th, 2012

I was sitting on a wet bike in frigid water, watching waves the size of three-story buildings slide toward me, hump up, then hump up again getting even taller before crashing down with a sound like a Las Vegas casino imploding. I could be in one of those casinos, a fancy one, too, because they liked me and wanted me to work for them, or I could be on Wall Street moving around billion-dollar chunks of money. But instead I was here, cold and anxious and very soon I'd have to drive the wet bike in front of one of these waves, dragging a beautiful redhead behind me on the end of a towline, and if -- when--she fell I'd have to go get her. Or die trying. That was the part I didn't like, the "die trying." My name is T. R. Macdonald and believe it or not this was the good part. People hadn't started stuffing me in the trunks of cars or shooting at me. Yet.

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ISBN: 9780615659404
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Published: Dmitri/Ragano - September 20th, 2012

It’s election season in Las Vegas and someone is murdering voters. Two local activists from opposite ends of the left-wing/right-wing extreme are killed inside electronic voting machines. They die from a rare poison that enters their bloodstream just as they are set to cast ballots in a crucial Nevada Senate race. Temo McCarthy is summoned by the FBI to assist their investigation. He knows the murder victims through his work as a campaign volunteer in a bitterly contested voter registration drive. As the case unfolds, the FBI links the killings to a broader terrorist attack on the general election. Temo realizes that he alone holds the key to finding a ruthless and brilliant killer who is determined to sabotage the vote and provoke a national crisis. "Dmitri Ragano is a creative, unconventional author who knows how to tell a story that other people aren't telling. He takes the hooks of the mystery/thriller genre and fills it in with ambitious themes and compelling original characters. Prepare to be intrigued and entertained!" -- Seth Harwood, author of Young Junius and Jack Wakes Up.

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ISBN: 9781611874662
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Published: Untreed Reads Publishing, LLC - November 15th, 2012

Welcome to Clover, Kansas, a small town sitting in the middle of America's Heartland. It's a peaceful community, until the night that high school student Jeremy Rogers accepts an invitation to party with the "cool" older kids. After things go irreparably wrong, and Clover is thrust into the national spotlight, Jeremy keeps his involvement a secret. As the town heals from the tragedy, Jeremy falls into a psychological abyss from which he cannot escape, until he encounters the monster from his past and has an opportunity to redeem himself.

Mr Blank Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936460366
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Published: Candlemark & Gleam - October 23rd, 2012

Every conspiracy needs a guy like me. Every conspiracy has one... me. And now someone's trying to kill me. When everyone has a motive, everyone is a suspect, and I don't even know who all the players are. It's a race against time to figure out who wants me dead, and why, and how to prevent all the underground conspiracies, aliens, cryptids, and things that go bump in the night from throwing the world into chaos while I'm at it. Just another normal day at the office, really.

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ISBN: 9781620071052
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Published: Curiosity Quills Press - October 23rd, 2012

When a bestselling author ends up dead at his rival's home, an investigation is launched into their dark past, revealing a series of troubling stories from their childhood, adolescence, and careers, throughout which pervades a sinister presenceNan authorial entity with roots beyond time or dimension.

An Affair to Dismember Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345532220
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 29th, 2013

Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?

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ISBN: 9780615685076
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Published: Write Bright Books - December 8th, 2012

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ISBN: 9781935961765
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Published: Booktrope Editions - October 16th, 2012

"The screams emerged from the house like enraged thunder and were carried on a gentle, guiding breeze that securely deposited them in the robust cornfield where they, at once, became silent." Author Cassius Shuman's debut novel, The Dead Boy's Legacy is a dark, spellbinding tale that revolves around the legacy of a missing boy, the family who loves him, and the predator who abducted him. Shuman's intense, haunting and heartbreaking novel begins with the chilling abduction of young Tommy McCarthy from a desolate road in his quaint hometown. The loss shatters the lives of the boy's parents, who become embroiled in an arduous battle with their demons as they struggle to overcome their unfathomable grief. From research acquired while assisting Jeff Mudgett with the book "Bloodstains," about the author's great-great-grandfather, notorious serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes, Shuman brings an educated perspective to the serial killer genre and explores the world of psychological trauma, using sobering prose while weaving the narrative through a factual historical landscape. The Dead Boy's Legacy is on one hand a thrilling and complex family saga that illuminates the dark side of human nature while exploring the strength of a family's love and on the other a compelling journey through hell that's filled with suspense, intrigue, hope, and miracles.

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By Jerry Stahl (Editor)
ISBN: 9781617751066
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Published: Akashic Books - January 2013

"The third and finest Akashic entry yet in its Drug Chronicles series focuses on the enigmatic opium poppy and its various derivatives... As the 13 contributors to this all-original anthology reveal, those who partake of the sacred flower are forever changed, but the price of paradise is often steep: overdose, hepatitis C, degradation, self-destruction. Stahl, himself a recovering addict with long-term sobriety, has assembled an impressive array of writers to create this 'encyclopedia of bad behavior.' Indeed, these tales of chasing the dragon, with corollaries often violent and savage, will satisfy devotees of noir fiction and outsider art alike."