Friday, August 5, 2016

Spotlight: BRAIN STORM By Elaine Viets

By Elaine Viets
On-Sale: August 2, 2016

Viets' new series launch carries more heft than her earlier cozies. Her complicated heroine deserves a return outing.”Kirkus Reviews

“Elaine Viets has written the exciting first book in a multilayered crime novel series.
Angela Richman is not only an investigator but a victim in this complex 
novel of crime, punishment, and medical malfeasance.”
Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

In the first of her new Angela Richman, Death Investigator seriesBRAIN STORM (Thomas & Mercer; August 2, 2016), she returns to her hard-boiled roots and draws on her personal experiences as a stroke survivor, as well as her studies in the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine.

The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.

It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered . . . and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe it, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence—even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own.


Award-winning author Elaine Viets has written twenty-nine mysteries in three series, including the bestselling Dead-End Job series, featuring South Florida private detectives Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont; the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper mystery series; and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. She is a director-at-large of the Mystery Writers of America and a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Viets has won the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Awards.

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