- Paperback: 265 pages
- Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press (July 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870336045
- ISBN-13: 978-0870336041
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,253,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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former FBI agent who develops a psychic talent after an accident. Those
of you who are not paranormal mystery fans should not let that put you
off. This thread does not, in the least, overpower or get in the way of
an excellent, well-written story. Those of you who are paranormal
mystery fans won't want to miss this. Adam is a warm, extremely
likeable person, with a wry sense of humor I enjoyed. He has close
friends who support him, worry about him, and love him. They share some
very dry, funny, and quite believable bantering that only old and close
friends are able to do. Adam befriends a homeless man who I think is
one of the most interesting characters in the book. He breaks your
heart and makes you smile all at the same time. There are also a couple
of additional supporting characters, including a budding love interest,
who are extremely engaging and who I'd like to get to know better. This
has all the makings of a great series. I'm hoping for the next, and the
next, and the next! Mr. Staggs has published many short stories and
has won several awards, including a Derringer Award. He has also served
as President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
I'd like to read minds like Adam--then I could read Earl Staggs' and find out when the next Adam Kingston book is coming out!
Other than a brief image of a strange unkempt longhaired bearded man, Adam Kingston sees that everything is fine with Junior. Random images often drift into the viewing of the person he is concentrating on, so he isn't that concerned about the man. But then the vision of the strange man appears in the flesh on his doorstep seeking Adam's help. Suffering from amnesia, the man who gives his name as Chip Weathers, also believes he may have committed a murder. He has seen news reports of a body that was recently discovered buried in a basement in Baltimore. The woman died approximately sixteen years ago, which was about the same time as his amnesia. According to Chip, the doctors blame his amnesia on the shock of a tragic event. Chip believes he knew the woman and killed her and wants Adam to find out who she was and why he killed her.
In Baltimore, Detective Brenda McCort has her hands full. Not only is she working the female body in the basement case, she now has another body to deal with. "This time, a man shot, wrapped in black plastic trashbags and left in the trunk of a car." (Chapter 2) He hasn't been dead long and won't be the last, as her cases will lead her to Ocean City and Adam's case. Not only will they have to solve a sixteen-year-old murder case, but stop a new wake of killings based on the past.
Shifting in point of view from Adam, to Brenda, to a killer who enjoys the work way too much, this novel moves forward at a rapid pace. Both primary characters have suffered major traumas making the past a heavy and recurrent theme in the work. At the same time, both have survived and by being rich in such detail, become very real to the readers. So too is the killer who, unlike in many novels, is not a cold calculating unfeeling killing machine. While he may be a product that showcases the worst society has to offer, his motivations are clear and realistic and the killer becomes just as real for the reader.
As in a few other offerings I have had the pleasure of reading from this publisher, this is a quality novel. The characters are real, the story complex and changing, and Mr. Staggs performs an excellent piece of literary deception that keeps readers guessing to the end. Fans of his numerous short stories will not be disappointed and neither will those new to his work.
Kevin R. Tipple (c) 2005
Adam Kingston, a former FBI profiler, has developed psychic powers, and it seems he wishes he could turn them off. When he's approached by a homeless man who thinks he might have committed a murder some years back, all bets are off whether Kingston likes it or not. The homeless man has amnesia, which adds an interesting element to the story.
In the meantime someone is picking people off like flies. Is there a connection between the old murder and the new ones? Adam Kingston hasn't a clue, but it appears it all seems to tie together. Staggs has included twists and turns that will surprise you and keep you guessing.
I would highly recommend Memory of Murder to mystery buffs, and anyone who simply enjoys a good story with a few surprises.