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The novel opens with an introduction to the protagonist, journalist Kevin Pitcairn, as he treks a high desert mesa on the outskirts of Albuquerque. He has received a disturbing letter from a serial killer (an actual true event in the author’s life) that offers a compelling case for mental illness as the cause of his acts of violence as well as a confusing but obvious call to action. Pitcairn has a troubled past as well, one that continues to disrupt his life. While their difficulties are notably different, there is a common pathway Pitcairn must explore to gain his own release.

Pitcairn is immediately pulled into the case by the facts the letter presents. Then when the serial killer is murdered in what appears to be suspicious circumstances, the journalist is compelled to delve deeper.

As external conditions become increasingly complicated and involve several supporting characters, Pitcairn’s inner psychological and emotional troubles rise to the fore. An urge to inner reconciliation propels him to take action.

Pitcairn writes a freelance column about the dead serial killer that causes an explosive response in the community and beyond. The protagonist is drawn into a series of interactions with others, including the loved ones of some of the victims. Inexorably, these interactions draw Pitcairn ever closer to resolution.

Ron Chapman is owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of two works of non-fiction, Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008) and What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes (Page Free Publishing, 2004) and the producer of two sets of Compact Discs, Seeing True – The Way of Success in Leadership and Seeing True – The Way of Spirit (Magnetic North Audio, 2005.) He holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany (New York.)


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