Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, NY. In a cabin nestled deep in the woods two male victims are discovered,both gun shot victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene. One child is quickly identified but the other a young boy remains a mystery. The only one with possible answers lies with the man who lay critically wounded and unconscious in the hospital because the unidentified boy either can not or will not speak to tell the investigators who he is and what happened in that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on …
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The reviews from my other two books and recent news events.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Although a stand alone mystery, most of the characters are found in the first two novels. A great deal of the names are real friends names. Some just came out of thin air.
THE first of the nine-one-one calls came in at 8:14 a.m. A small group of hunters witnessed a small child running and screaming through the woods. The caller told the dispatcher that it appeared the boy was shirtless, and possibly shoeless, and he was concerned because the child seemed to be alone and frightened. He explained to the operator that they had tried to intercept and detain him, but the boy was too fast and disappeared into the darkness of the woods.
The second of the nine-one-one calls came in a minute later at 8:15 a. m. The call was from a young couple hiking through the woods. They reported seeing what appeared to be a half-dressed child running from a cabin, not far from the path they were on. They told the dispatcher they noticed the boy just moments after hearing what they thought to be gunshots. Normally, the gunshots wouldn’t have caused any concern, this being hunting season. Being gun owners themselves, they determined at least two of the shots were fired from a handgun—not a hunting rifle or shotgun. After a short discussion of what they should do, they decided to call nine-one-one and report the incident.
The third of the nine-one-one calls came in at 8:17 a.m.; one minute after the first car was dispatched towards the vicinity. The first group of hunters, in an effort to find the boy, came across the cabin that the second call mentioned.
It was there the hunters came across the two bodies. “One male, approximately twenty-five years of age,” the caller told the nine-one-one operator, “was laying just inside the cabin, with multiple gunshot wounds, one to the stomach and one to his chest.” The caller confirmed the victim was still alive, but barely.
The second victim was also male, but definitely older. His body was further inside the cabin and the caller told the nine-one-one operator, “There is no question, he is deceased.”
“Are you sure, sir? Is it possible you are mistaken?” The dispatcher asked the man.
“Damn sure,” the hunter answered, “I’m a physician. He’s definitely deceased.”
By the time the fourth nine-one-one call came in, the first officer, who was dispatched to the scene, arrived on what he thought was a possible DOMESTIC ABUSE CALL. It was what everyone found in the cabin next that turned the whole case into a lot more than just a possible domestic homicide.
Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college.
Twenty years ago, she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central Florida.
She is retired and shares her life and love with her husband of fourteen years and an adopted stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren.
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