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Distortions: A Quinn Masterson Mystery Paperback – May 1, 2009
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The Amazon Book Review
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From the Author
"With Distortions, I saw an opportunity to take an old story and give it a fresh face. Quinn Masterson is not the typical victim. She's not even the typical victim-turned-predator. In the course of her tragedies there's a sense of innocence, even naiveté - a great source of angst; so when she develops an unhealthy admiration for killers - particularly serial killers - it surprises even her that she's able to stomach the sights and sounds of their evil deeds. It's as if she needs to see the train wreck that demands to be observed.
I love her character because all her vulnerabilities are right there for the world to experience. Quinn's incessant conflict - the refusal to accept her brother's death and move on - isn't an indictment on Quinn, even though she might wish it to be. Her parents are clearly unfit to have raised her, but it doesn't matter anymore. And Quinn's personal struggles with sexuality and intimacy are nothing more than symptoms of a latent disease.
She's not even a good criminologist. How can she be? She's only just begun her career with the FBI. The battles she faces are the same battles we all face in our day-to-day lives. They're just made more interesting by virtue of what she does. She hunts down and destroys killers, or so she would like to believe. There's more complexity to her psyche and what's really going on than I can fit into a single novel - or even a dozen novels.
In the creation of the other characters - Philip Glass, Howie the Marine Lieutenant, Romeo 'Circuits' Drabinski, Louise and yes, even boss bitch Tanya Morrisey - I wanted to give Quinn's life - and new career - a dynamic environment around which her fears, thoughts, foibles and neuroses could revolve. I always know a book is good - at least one I've written - when the story seems to compose itself. This is Distortions, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it."
- James M. Campbell
From the Inside Flap
As it grew closer to the light, Quinn knew that it was the shape of a man; but the light that now encompassed his figure neither identified him, nor did it give her comfort. Shadows bounced off a dark cloak or coat that covered his body like a cone. The collar was pulled up around his face and provided some definition; but strange markings, like one big tattoo, covered his face. Like a mask, the tattoo painted a visage that belied his facial features. The reds, blacks and whites that made him unrecognizable also gave him a new face. She couldn't understand what she saw. It was a garish scowl: a demon and a harlequin, a dead man.
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