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Luke Bowers is in the good and evil business.
On a cold, late-winter morning in the Chesapeake Bay community of Tidewater County, Bowers discovers a dead woman seated in a pew at the church where he is pastor; her eyes open, her hands clasped as if in prayer.
Nothing at the scene identifies the woman or explains why she was at the church. And when state police homicide investigator Amy Hunter comes to town to head up the case, not everyone is pleased that a young, female outsider has the job. The only lead in solving the crime is a sequence of numbers that has been carved into the victim's right hand, which Bowers suspects may be a reference to the Book of Psalms.
With Bowers' help, Hunter follows a chain of seemingly innocuous clues to track down a deranged serial killer and unravel an elusive criminal enterprise that is more powerful than they ever could have imagined.
About the Author
JAMES LILLIEFORS is a journalist and novelist who grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. His novels include The Psalmist and The Tempest and the geopolitical thrillers The Leviathan Effect and Viral. He has written for various publications including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe. He started his journalism career as a writer and editor for Runner's World magazine and worked for many years as a newspaper editor and reporter, in Maryland and in Florida, winning a number of reporting awards.
Lilliefors was the longtime head writer at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts/Naples Museum of Art (now Artis-Naples) in Florida. He is the author of several non-fiction books, including America's Boardwalks, Ball Cap Nation and Highway 50, as well as a mystery novel, Bananaville. He was educated at the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fiction Writing Fellow. Lilliefors also co-wrote (with Janet Johnson and Dr. Jack Crocker) the alma mater for Florida Gulf Coast University.
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Comments about The Psalmist:
It started well but disappointed towards the middle by revealing the plot. There was a slight improvement after that but then suddenly it ended. I didn't react well.
“Bowers and Hunter...are unforgettable: Mr. Lilliefors has given readers two fine, original characters...a distinctive setting that readers will be happy to revisit; and tense, machine-tooled plotting that astonishes.”
Series: Bowers and Hunter Mysteries
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd July 2014