Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What is J.T. Ellison reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: J.T. Ellison, author of A Deeper Darkness.

Her entry begins:
I’m reading two fantastic, and very different novels right now. The first is Game of Thrones: A song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin, the epic fantasy series that is currently enjoying a smashing run on HBO. I watched the first season of Game of Thrones and was mesmerized, then a friend told me I needed to read the books. He warned of the graphic violence and the way women are used as everything from chattel to a path to the throne, but that didn’t sway me. I’ve often found that the women in these stories are clever and conniving and stronger than first blush indicates. But I turned my Dad onto them first, and he spent a month in his chair, engrossed. I’m so...[read on]
About A Deeper Darkness, from the publisher:
Into the Flood Again...

As a medical examiner, Samantha Owens knows her job is to make a certain sense of death with crisp methodology and precision instruments. But the day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from Sam's life. She's pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate—until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, D.C.

On the other end of line is an old boyfriend’s mother, asking Sam to do a second autopsy on her son. Eddie Donovan is officially the victim of a vicious carjacking, but under Sam’s sharp eye the forensics tell a darker story. The ex-Ranger was murdered, though not for his car.

Forced to confront the burning memories and feelings about yet another loved one killed brutally, Sam loses herself in the mystery contained within Donovan’s old notes. Leading her to the untouchable Xander Whitfield, a soldier off-grid since his return from Afghanistan, and then to a series of brutal crimes stretching from that harsh mountainous war zone to this nation’s capital, the tale told between the lines makes it clear that nobody’s hands are clean, and that making sense of murder sometimes means putting yourself in the crosshairs of death.
Learn more about the book and author at J.T. Ellison's website and blog.

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--Marshal Zeringue