A serial killer is leaving a trail of dead women across Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. The victims all seem to have died in exactly the same macabre way. There may be a link to a small group of scientists who meet annually in different locations in the region. Roger Bowman and Suzanne Foster are asked by the local police to attend this year’s meeting of the group in Lima, Peru to try to find out who was present at the previous meetings when the murders occurred. And the reader is off on a fast paced hunt for the killer through Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu in Peru and Chile’s Atacama Desert. This Indie Book of the day Award winning psychological thriller is a true whodunit mystery novel set in an unusual and exotic locale. Readers new to the series can enjoy this book as a stand-alone introduction to the region and to the series characters. Free from Kindle Unlimited.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a novel set in modern Peru and Chile but also featuring the fascinating history of the short-lived Incan Empire. It turned into a psychological thriller and (at least thus far) my all-time bestseller.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My series characters are there for the using. For this book I introduced a few more potentially recurring characters [spoiler alert–I won’t name them here so as not to spoil the suspense of whodunit] I saw as being good to have around for future books.
The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California’s Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry writes “tweener” mystery books (tough and dark mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader, while introducing the readers to a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. He and his wife lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay for several months each. Jerry selected the most interesting South American locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit while solving miscellaneous murders. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Iguazu Falls are also characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real.
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