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TOTAL SILENCE
by T.J. MacGregor

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

2004 Best Suspense Nominee

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Mira Morales returns—this time, MacGregor's psychic heroine, her teenage daughter Annie and fiancé Wayne Sheppard travel to the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Lodging at the guest cottage of Wayne's friends, Mira longs for her native Florida.

The peaceful respite is interrupted during an outing to Asheville, where a stranger abducts Mira and wreaks deadly havoc. Sheppard, an FBI agent, employs the psychic talents of Annie and Mira's grandmother, Nadine, to locate Mira. They lead the FBI to believe Mira's abductor is taking revenge for one of Sheppard's prior cases.

Sheppard's race to find Mira's abductor is interspersed with highlights of a 10-year-old romance gone awry and its tragic consequences. As Shep pieces together the information behind one of his pivotal cases, his search leads him to the wilds of Florida.

Suspense and action are mingled with believable psychic episodes. Clever writing links the past with the present-day killer, and the result is a powerful, suspenseful read that's completely riveting. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Pinnacle

Published: October 2004

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