In this psychological
thriller/mystery, Professor Jason Butler battles to survive and to
protect his family. After a tumultuous past, Jason and his wife are at
a turning point in their relationship where everything looks wonderful.
But disaster hits. Jason, a university professor, witnesses a terrorist
murder a colleague, a colleague who sent Jason secret, sacred religious
texts that the terrorist is desperate to get back. He will stop at
nothing to retrieve them. Jason is overwhelmed by fear and struggles to
think clearly. Not only does he have to escape the murderer, but the
police suspect Jason is the murderer. How can Jason survive? Can he
conquer the demons from his past? Jason can't escape: he can't go to
the police, he can't find his family, he can't return the manuscripts,
and he can't elude the assassin. Will the Blue Sky, the deadly poison
that killed his colleague, kill him too?
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BLUE SKY, DEADLY SECRETS was published in 2019 by Cardon
Books. It is a psychological thriller that
addresses many issues, but the overriding theme is dealing with terror
and terrorism. Somewhat ironically, given what has happened since
911, the terrorist group in the novel was from the Middle or Far East
intimidated governments and political groups with their violence.
They were secret and hidden among the citizenry.
writing the novel in 1983 as a way to work on a nightmare. I
not subject to nightmares, so having one was unusual. I had
notion to begin writing a story about the "nightmare event" and see
where it led.
I worked on the novel intermittently for over 10
years. I submitted a draft to a publisher who had it
positively I might add, but stated it was inconsistent with their
portfolio. That did seem to be genuine, and not a brush off.
After all, they had paid someone to read and review the
A second editor agreed to look at it and then
returned the manuscript since she was taking a job with another
A third editor read a 100 pages, liked it, but felt it needed
some additional work. At this point, probably 1999, I put the
novel away for a while. I was nearing retirement
and my attentions went elsewhere.
Updated June 2020