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 and
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 am
not subject to nightmares, so having one was unusual. I had the
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 reviewed,
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 novel.
A second editor agreed to look at it and then regretfully
returned the manuscript since she was taking a job with another publisher.
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 from academia
and my attentions went elsewhere.
Updated June 2020