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The Fallen

Laurel S. Peterson

Clara Montague dreams about people who are about to die, but she dreams only waves of color. When officers Dominick Ofiero and Kyle DuPont are shot in a gang drive-by, Clara feels responsible. When Dominick’s sister begs her to help protect her brother’s reputation and the local crime boss’s daughter engages her to design her a new garden, Clara begins to worry that the threads surrounding the crime are ensnaring her and Kyle both. Then she dreams of a man surrounded by knives. Is this an image of Dom or is it an image of Kyle, the man she is coming to love?  Who would target Kyle and why? Is it a hate crime against the town’s first black police chief? Is someone’s lingering rancor from Kyle’s post-Katrina service in the New Orleans Police Department poisoning his new job? To find out, Clara lets her visions lead her, while Kyle flies home to New Orleans. Will their new love survive all the dark threads entangling them?

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"A thrilling sequel to Shadow Notes! I can't wait for the next Clara Montague book!"

- Penny Farthing

About the Author

Laurel S. Peterson is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College. Her poetry has been published in many small literary journals. She has two poetry chapbooks: That’s the Way the Music Sounds, from Finishing Line Press (2009) and Talking to the Mirror from The Last Automat Press (2010). She also co-edited a collection of essays on women’s justice titled (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience (2009). Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes is the first book in this series. A full length collection of poetry, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer You? was released by Futurecycle Press in 2017. She served as poet laureate of Norwalk, CT from April 2016 – April 2019. laurelpeterson.com

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