An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Category
“D.M. Pulley has come up with a page-turner that puts a whole new spin on the Torso Murders…It’s a fascinating, alternate-reality look at the killings that shocked Cleveland and the nation.” —The Plain Dealer
“The true-crime lover will rip through D.M. Pulley’s fictitious take on two women—decades apart—trying to crack the unsolved case of the Torso Murderer…A shocking final twist will make you wonder who in your own life could be harboring secret prejudices.” —Cleveland Magazine
“Thoroughly grounded in the sparse known facts of the murders, Pulley’s well-paced and, at times, even hair-raising thriller also successfully portrays the gritty social and human realities of Depression-era Cleveland. Her use of a parallel narrative structure is enviably cunning, and her plucky but beleaguered heroines—1930s Ethel and 1990s Kris—will have readers rooting for them from first page to last. A genuine gothic treat, leading me to suspect that what the Torso Murders saga needed all along was a woman’s touch.” —John Stark Bellamy II, historian and author of They Died Crawling
“Architecture speaks to D.M. Pulley, and it tells her the most wonderful stories. Her mysteries are as twisty and strange as the real-world buildings that inspire her. The Unclaimed Victim is a new exploration of Cleveland’s most notorious unsolved mystery: Who was the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run? D.M. Pulley offers a chilling explanation that suggests the murders go on to this day. Has she cracked the case that drove Eliot Ness insane? I think maybe.” —James Renner, author of True Crime Addict
“A murder in the present intertwines with a set of killings from the past in D.M. Pulley’s engaging, addictive thriller. Pulley is both a natural storyteller and a meticulous researcher, and her tale takes us into a fascinating, forgotten corner of 1930s Cleveland. The Unclaimed Victim is a haunting and unputdownable novel!” —Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will
About the Author
D. M. Pulley lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, her two sons, and her dog. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She is also the author of The Buried Book.