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About the author:
Like the novel's central character, Myra Nagel has been a volunteer child advocate with Southwest Florida's Guardian Ad Litem program for ten years. A United Church of Christ minister, she has served churches in Virginia and Florida. She is the author of the mystery novel "Downside Seven" and several works of non-fiction including "Journey to the Cross," "Deliver Us from Evil," and "What to Do Instead of Screaming." She and her husband live in Punta Gorda, Florida, and weathered the ravages of Hurricane Charley in 2004.
Before Hurricane Charley destroyed their Southwest Florida duplex, the Tolliver brothers had bounced through seven foster homes. Now in the storm's aftermath, twelve-year-old Jessie has been murdered. The prime suspect is his teenage brother Ben, who has apparently run away.
Anna Sebastian, a child advocate appointed by the court, can't stop wondering if a poem the runaway wrote for her could hold clues to what happened.
So much of this story is true. The foster care system. The Dependency Court. Undiagnosed fetal alcohol syndrome. Drug abuse and the challenge of recovery. Hurricane Charley and life in a FEMA trailer. The unsung heroes--volunteers--who advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. All this is true. The events and characters are fiction.
All author proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who come under the protection of the court.
- Publication Date:
- 1480149918 / 9781480149915
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths