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By Elizabeth S. Sullivan
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Genre: Crime Thriller
Length: 233 Pages
About the book:
When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra.
Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client's private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her.
PURIFIED is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them.
EXCERPTOneThe fact it was drizzling did not dim the useful moonlight. The body had been meticulously scrubbed with antibacterial soap; hair shampooed; new white underwear guarded against the old jeans. The plastic gloves and the rain slowed down the digging. The skies opened just a bit more, but enough to wash away progress. Voices from a distance slightly accelerated the final touches. The exact placement of the artifacts was crucial. Finally, success. It was a shallow grave, but it was never meant to be anything more than a beginning.
About the Author:
Elizabeth S. Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in the LA area. Impassioned by social justice issues, inspired by her parents, she pursued teaching and earned a law degree. She has written five screenplays, one short. Her screenplays have placed or won such as: Nicholl, Austin, Page, and American Zoetrope. These recognitions garnered her a manager, Alexia Melocchi, Little Studio Films.
Her first novel, PURIFIED, portrays a strong female protagonist in the genre of a noir thriller. Sullivan explores issues of race, gender, privacy in the cyber age. She has written several blogs on of women in fiction featured on Venture Galleries. She is busy working on the sequel to PURIFIED and a new screenplay.
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Any time a book begins with a twisted burial scene, I know I’m in for a quickly paced, action packed crime thriller which will have me turning pages as quickly as I can. Purified by Elizabeth S. Sullivan, her debut crime thriller, is one of those books. Two quirky lead characters, colorful secondary characters and a sadistic killer focused on young African American women, kept my attention from start to finish. If you like crime thrillers or books written in the style of Hollywood film noir, then this is a book you will want to pick up.
Ms. Sullivan does a wonderful job introducing us to her primary characters, Detective William “Will” Blake, named after the famous poet, and former ADA turned private investigator Rebecca “Beck” Oldman. While they come from different backgrounds, they share a similar drive towards solving crime and seeing criminals punished. I easily connected with Beck, a former lawyer who had made a mistake and was going through a personal form of hell in order to get a second chance. She was aggravating, yet lovable, intelligent, but occasionally stupid, and was willing to get in whoever’s face she needed to in order to save the young women. I also connected with Will, whose younger sister had been a homicide victim, and who he was determined to avenge by solving crimes.The mystery behind how the victims are chosen and why the killer has a particular ritual is well developed and the story takes several twists and turns. Ms. Sullivan certainly drew this reader in and kept my attention through everything that takes place. The book’s plot is fairly quick and neither Beck nor Will seemed to be overly concerned with making friends as they tried to solve their case.Will Beck be able to save any of the missing girls? Will Beck and Will catch the killer and bring him to justice? You’ll have to read Purified to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars