Tuesday, July 30, 2013

John A. Karr - Ghostly Summons - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Lars Kelsen doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway. Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen—ex-crime beat reporter with a penance he can never fully satisfy—sees a victim.

In person. Upright. Staring.

Typical of such past "Visits" as he calls them, he doesn’t welcome this one. The nude form of a beautiful millionairess in his cubicle means murder has come to the vacation haven known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It means he’ll have to go places he'd rather avoid. See things he'll wish he hadn’t. Do things that don't come naturally, like in-your-face confrontation and bending the law. Actually, breaking the law ... but with good intent. It also means dealing with one very attractive county coroner, who pushes his buttons in a not entirely unwelcome way.

So begins Kelsen's return to investigative reporting—complete with attempts on his life, fights, deception, and all the technological tricks, such as GPS and computer hacking, at his disposal. And maybe even finding a new love interest.


My Review

Lars Kelsen is getting visions of a murdered woman in the Outer Banks. It seems like she is trying to lead him to her killer. As he leaves his new profession as a computer programmer and is asked by a newspaper editor to help the police in solving the crime, it gets him deep into the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

The quest is a riveting journey that nearly ends his life a few times, as Lars tries to uncover the real culprit. As the number of suspects mounts, it makes his earnest pursuit more intriguing. Lars makes it his mission to find Jeanette Broughton's murderer after she continues to appear to him in a series of visions.

Since I visited the Outer Banks twice, the names of the different places mentioned were familiar and made the story even better. Karr's mystery is a thrilling adventure with a surprising finish.

***

Ghostly Summons can be purchased at:
Kindle, Nook, Kobo

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, paperback
Pages: 312
Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing
Release: March 14, 2013
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About the Author

John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Ghostly Summons is his first full-length novel for Dark Continents Publishing. DCP has also published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. He is the author of a handful of other novels: Death Clause, Hippocrates Shattered (scheduled for reprint by World Castle Publications as Shattered), Rhone, and Van Gogh, Encore. His short stories have appeared on webzines Allegory, The Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue.

Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters: Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to.

Links to connect with John:
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3 comments:

  1. Thanks very much for the kind words about Ghostly Summons!

    John A. Karr

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  2. Mom, thanks for your review of John's mystery novel :)

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  3. John A. Karr- You're welcome, enjoyed the book very much.

    Tribute Books- A good page turning mystery.

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