Seven years ago, Lieutenant Detective Rick Peller lost his wife Sandra to an unsolved hit-and-run. Now, while Peller visits his son's family half a continent away, a botched robbery reveals a previously-unknown criminal organization. As fellow detectives Corina Montufar and Eric Dumas close in on the ringleader, Sandra Peller's death looks less and less like an accident. Ferreting out the truth will tax Peller's mental powers, and its revelation could well shatter him.
True Death is the sequel to my first novel, The Fibonacci Murders. Conceived while the first book was in production, it grew out of a fact mentioned there: that Lieutenant Detective Rick Peller's wife had been killed in an automobile accident seven years earlier. The nature of that accident wasn't explored in the book, but as I considered options for a second novel, I realized that Sandra Peller's misfortune would give me a springboard for more in-depth exploration of the background and characters of Peller and his associates Detective Sergeants Corina Montufar and Eric Dumas.
In True Death, Montufar's family and faith begin to converge, Dumas' past returns to haunt him, and Peller seeks to heal the wounds inflicted on his family by Sandra's death while ferreting out the truth about the tragedy. As with The Fibonacci Murders, there are twists, turns, and surprises in store for both the characters and for you.
A number of characters from the first novel put in appearances in True Death, including Captain Whitney Morris, Officer Kevin Graham, and the mathematician Tomio Kaneko, who has a small but important part. (He'll be showing up in future novels from time to time.) And of course there are a host of new characters, some constituting the criminal element, some on the side of the law, and some caught in the middle.
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to cover production costs, including cover art and printing. The cost of rewards and transaction fees are factored into the goal. I am grateful for the generous support The Fibonacci Murders received from the community here, and I look forward to your support again. If you haven't yet read the first book, you'll find that I'm offering reward levels to remedy that.
Finally, I'd like to share with you what The Midwest Book Review said about The Fibonacci Murders:
"It is always a pleasure for the mystery/suspense enthusiast to include a new author in the genre who has a total mastery of the storytelling arts including character development and superbly plotted story lines with all manner of twists, turns, and surprises. Such is the case with Dale E. Lehman and his novel The Fibonacci Murders. A genuine 'page turner' from beginning to end, The Fibonacci Murders is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections."
I hope they and you will like True Death even more. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
There are relatively few risks for this project. The manuscript is complete, the publishing contract is signed, and the book is being edited. Aside from a possible delay due to changes in our publication schedule, not much can go wrong at this point. Should there be any delays, I will post an update so you'll know what to expect.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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