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"A detective story steeped in the supernatural while revealing a satisfyingly natural and humanist flavor." --Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine (refers to 2007 edition)

About the Author

Judith Doloughan was born in England and arrived in Canada at the age of eight. She grew up in Ontario and spent her adult life in British Columbia. She taught grade school, worked as a commercial ice fisherman on the Great Slave in the Arctic, and was an engineer for the Canadian Coast Guard in search and rescue and icebreaking. She died in June 2007 after a long battle with cancer.

Paula R. Stiles is American, but has also lived in Cameroon, Scotland and Canada. Recently, she completed a PhD in Medieval History on the Knights Templar and has published fiction in places like Strange Horizons, Writers of the Future XXIV, Black Gate, Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction, and The Living Dead II.

Paula also maintains a Fraterfamilias Yahoo group called 'The Concrete Cave'.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986686417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986686412
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,952,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a forty-something medieval/Templar historian, writer of speculative fiction, Returned Peace Volunteer in warm-water aquaculture (Cameroon, '91-'94), ex-EMT, recovered horse addict, swimmer, amateur astronomer, lover of all things prehistoric, cat-feeder, and compulsive grammarian. I'm also currently the editor of Lovecraftian 'zine Innsmouth Free Press ( You can find my homepage at:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Friedman on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
A truly awe inspiring thriller by Judith Doloughan that involves Templar Knights and Russian Mobsters! This is very much a thinking persons' thriller, populated with expertly drawn characters and locations. Ms. Doloughan has clearly placed herself at the top of the list of premier thriller writers today, demonstrating how an interesting plot can be made unforgetable in the hands of a truly great writer!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on December 31, 2010
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Article first published as Book Review:Fraterfamilias by Judith Doloughan and Paula R. Stiles on Blogcritics.

Dr. Alan Kedward was in disbelief as he and the world learned about the shooting of his only family member, shot by police as he was intercepted in JFK in New York, for multiple vicious murders in Paris. Paul Michel Farrell got off the plane and then waited for the police. Interpol was on its way, and yet as an officer began talking to Paul, he admitted to the killing, got up and walked towards the police while reaching in the back of his coat. Believing he was reaching for a gun, he was shot to death.

Alan headed directly to the airport, he needed to be there when Paul woke up, it was his only thought. As he reached the terminal, he passed an ambulance leaving. Knowing Paul was headed to the hospital, Alan stopped to complete a small errand. He is interrogated, but since he was not at the airport until after the murder, he was allowed to leave.

Dr. Kedward then called his assistant and asked her to meet him at the hospital with her van. He needed her help rescuing his "cousin" from the hospital; he believed that he would be the only one that could save him. As Bobby shows up, they find Paul, dead in a room in the hospital awaiting transport to the morgue. He assures her that Paul has a rare condition called catalepsy, a conditions somewhat like hibernation where the body shuts down with too much stress, and tries to convince her that Paul is not dead. Bobby does not believe but does not argue. They move the body to an old beat up hotel, out of the main stream, and it is here that Bobby leaves them.

All is not as it seems, as Alan begins to circle the room in salt to help keep the ghosts out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynndara on October 21, 2012
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I picked this up for light reading on a long trip, but was pleased by the depth and development of the characters. Every member of the cast is a real, flawed but ultimately sympathetic person. No cardboard heroes with endless ammo-clips here. Just a pair of aging immortals, frayed and worn about the edges, trying to survive in a rough world made rougher by their very strengths. And a cast of ordinary people made fools by their contact with the impossible, but not quite stupid enough to completely ignore the evidence of their own minds and senses. Magic neither bright white nor black evil, but gritty with the dirt of real life. The blood smells, and the salt line will keep out nattering spirits, but not cockroaches. Not total escapism, but a world and a kind of magic you can believe in.

Like every e-book I've read recently, the editing could be better, but it could also be worse. Standards seem to be deteriorating everywhere; I'd fire most of the writers at the BBC these days. But I'll be looking for more from this team.
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