||Aug 29, 2009
Paranormal mystery/supernatural thriller...
Available as both Trade Paperback and e-book.
Barnes & Noble.com
Outskirts(for e-book format)
Leann Marshall' Website, The BookMark
Mike Lot served twenty-nine years for murdering the one he “loved more than anything,” yet even now, Ruby has not relinquished her hold on him. Something sinister threatens her, even in death, and he will never be free of the past until he can find a way to help her. But first he must find her lost spirit.
His search leads him from a backwoods dowser to a small-town P.I. to a dying young artist, and culminates in a psychic battle on the brink of hell itself.
Part mystery, part supernatural thriller, The
Rendering above all is a quest driven by love that
rewards both Mike and the reader with a poignant
message of hope.
One Great Read...
August 31, 2009
By Barbara Sharp Milbourn
of Writers In The Sky
"writer and editor" (Nashville)
Move over Southern writers, there's someone new among you, and she's good--really good.
I'm not sure Leann Marshall wants to be called a Southern writer, but her first book, The Starfish People and now her second, The Rendering, both take place there and she lives there as well. She's a whiz at Southern dialogue and getting her readers into the heads and hearts of her Southern characters.
Don't think for an instant though that you'll feel stifled by or anchored to a specific region. She has supplied both books with big wings that transport the reader from the flars (flowers) down home to lofty and deep-reaching themes.
In The Rendering, Mike Lot is released from 29 years in prison for the murder of the one he "loved more than anything." He'd never talked of her to anyone the whole time there and he'd done well to keep his thoughts of her sequestered in a place he called the Dream Safe. But he feels her around him; it's almost as if she were not dead, and when the prison gates close behind him, the one thing he wants to do is to see her again.
While he makes that journey, the reader's attention turns to an art studio in which something speaks in first person of becoming, of being created, of seeking to see and understand itself. It discovers its power to not only think and to feel emotions of love, loneliness, fear and desire, but its power to move things, to break things, to transfer its self into people and stuffed animals. It observes and comes to question and then conclude which is greater in this "round world"--good or evil, love or anger.
Mike returns to the time and place he first met his love and there encounters and old dowser woman who dowses for more than water. She knows things and wishes to teach him so he can find his love again, save her, and send her home. There's a spirit tree, an artist, a terrific storm, a lightning strike, and events that change things forever. There is a private eye that sets Mike upon a road and a townsperson from Ash Creek who discovers a secret. There is opposition in many forms and another surprise near the end that makes the book even greater than the sum of so many already wonderful parts.
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