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Friday, January 21, 2011

Case Study

Now that you know something about me and my journey, I’d like to introduce you to my first novel, Case Study. It will be available in paperback soon on and I’ve posted the back cover text below to pique your interest. I hope you enjoy it and I will add the exact link to buy it when it’s available! I look forward to many opinions, thoughts, and discussions.

(Note to all potential readers: if I had to give the book a rating it would be PG to PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, and a tiny bit of language).

It’s all about perspective, or so university student Jesse Hanover longs to believe when he rejects his tragic history in pursuit of a quest to define himself and make sense of the convoluted universe he perceives. But as the tenuous structure of his newly forged life crashes down around him, he plunges deeper into uncertainties about destiny, family, love, and purpose. The shadows of his dark past quickly emerge with each spiraling event, shoving him toward the seemingly inevitable future he refuses to accept.

In a nearby psychiatric hospital, a rebellious patient finds his monotonous therapy escalating into blatant abuse. Michael's trials also force an examination of his claustrophobic world and the people in it, launching him on a blind struggle against the conspiratorial forces controlling his fate.

Both young men contain an internal strength and engaging wit that make them reluctant victims and attract a spectrum of supporting characters ranging from sincere love interests to sadistic villains. As they fight to survive increasingly sinister, parallel trajectories, their stories ultimately intersect in what becomes an exploration of destiny, identity, and the inevitable self-examination brought on by tribulation.

Fast-paced and intelligent, Case Study is a literary psychological suspense narrative exploring the subjectivity of identity and the symbiotic relationship between our innate bias and the world around us. With spurts of wry humor, jarring plot turns, intricate relationships, and complex three-dimensional characters, this dark and intriguing glimpse into the human mind transcends the world of commercial fiction, asking questions not everyone is prepared to answer but few can afford to ignore.

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